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Title: Towards Knowledge Society for All

Towards Knowledge Society for All
  • By
  • Jyrki Pulkkinen, PhD
  • CEO of GeSCI

Knowledge Society
  • While the
  • developing world
  • is still struggling
  • to address the basic
  • needs of its people,
  • the rest of the world
  • is transitioning to a
  • Knowledge Society.

Knowledge Society
  • In the world economy, knowledge is increasingly
    the key factor of production as well as a raw
    material for economic development.
  • Information, knowledge and innovation based
    businesses are taking over many of the
    traditional sectors of commerce and industry.
  • While the transition to knowledge-based economies
    and societies is progressing, the gap between
    developing countries and developed or
    industrialised countries is widening.

World of Knowledge (D. Dorling)
Education in the Knowledge Society
  • At the forefront
  • of international
  • thinking on
  • economic
  • development is
  • the consideration
  • of ICTs and
  • Education as key
  • factors in economic
  • growth.

Education in the Knowledge Society
  • It is acknowledged that transitioning
    successfully to the knowledge society requires
    investment in education, innovation systems, ICT
    infrastructure and implementation of those
    policies that support such a transition.
  • Education in the knowledge society is critically
    important - not only is it the source of basic
    skills, it is also the foundation for the
    development of new knowledge and innovation.

Education Challenges
  • While the
  • importance of
  • education is
  • commonly accepted
  • the developing world faces severe
  • challenges with
  • regard to education.

Education Challenges
  • These challenges can be summarised as
  • a lack of universal access to education
  • poor quality of education
  • poor management of the education system and
  • the increasing irrelevance of the current
    education system in the knowledge society.

ICTs can help education
  • An adequate
  • information and
  • communication
  • infrastructure and
  • the proper
  • employment of ICTs in education can help to
    tackle some of these challenges.

ICTs can help education
  • ICTs have the potential to widen access to
    educational resources, improve the quality of
    learning, and improve management efficiencies of
    the education system.
  • It is also important for developing countries to
    equip tomorrows citizens with the increasingly
    important skills related to science and
  • More critically, ICTs have the potential to
    transform education a potential that many
    developed countries are doing their best to

GeSCIs Foundation
  • Developing countries following the rest of the
    world by placing ICTs and ICTs in Education at
    the centre of their development strategies.
  • However, developing countries are less equipped
    in terms of capacity and resources- human and
    financial- to successfully and effectively
    harness the potential of ICTs.
  • With this in mind, GeSCI was founded by the UN
    ICT Taskforce in 2003, and began operations in
    2005 working initially with Namibia, Ghana,
    India, Bolivia and later Rwanda.

GeSCI as a Global Programme
GeSCI Vision
  • GeSCI believes that the proper and effective use
    of technology in education can improve the
    quality of education, formal and informal
    education as well as pre- and in-service
  • We are committed to the creation of a world where
    every learner has access to a standard of
    education which can help them to improve their
    lives and contribute the society a knowledge
    society for all.

GeSCI Mission
  • Our mission is to
  • help Ministries of
  • Education (MoEs) in some of the worlds poorest
    countries to
  • make informed
  • strategic decisions
  • about ICTs in
  • Education.

Knowledge Sharing
  • At the heart of
  • GeSCIs mission is
  • the concept of
  • Knowledge Sharing

Civil Society
GeSCI Services
  • These services are related to GeSCIs main
    outputs and are
  • Strategic advice to MoEs that leads to successful
    large-scale deployment and integration of ICTs in
    their education systems
  • Development of high-quality and relevant
    knowledge products and services such as
    knowledge tools and research that advances our
    overall understanding and strengthens the
    capacity of developing countries to leverage ICTs
    in education
  • Promoting and facilitating global policy dialogue
    on ICTs for Education as a way of contributing to
    the general understanding and development of the
    knowledge society.

GeSCI Activities 2009 - 2011
  • Country programmes involving direct advisory
    engagement with developing country MoEs on a
    system-wide basis to provide high quality
    strategic advice and support to the countries
    own plans, policies and efforts to deploy and
    integrate ICTs in education.
  • Regional programmes involving knowledge sharing
    between GeSCI and the partner countries and
    between the partner countries, at the regional
    level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Knowledge products and services through the
    identification of major knowledge gaps or common
    challenges related to ICTs in education.
  • Promoting partnerships and facilitating global
    dialogue by leveraging ICTs to promote
    communication and collaboration with a diverse
    number of partners, globally, regionally and

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