UNESCO launches an online platform to make available training and capacity-building resources developed by a variety of stakeholders worldwide on a myriad of subjects, including literacy, computers, business, environment, community development and much more.
The objective of this platform is to provide trainers and learners with the learning resources they need, and a space where they can share and use material. It therefore also advocates open content in non formal education: most of the training programmes featured on the platform have open licenses, such as Creative Commons, which make them accessible to anyone to use for non-commercial purposes such as teaching and learning.
The platform has been designed to include material from any partners involved in development, notably UN agencies, governments and NGOs, especially those involved in the Open Education Resource movement. UNESCO invites any player to share their capacity building resources on this user-friendly platform.
The user-rated resources made available on the platform target the wide range specific needs: those of policy makers, development and educational specialists, teachers, trainers, and learners. Material is also organized to serve communities: civil servants, members of civil society, cultural actors, decision-makers, development and social workers, educators, environment specialists, farmers, health specialists, librarians, archivists and information specialists, media professionals, scientists, and trainers.
It reflects the conviction that there is much scope to increase the use of information and communication technologies in development, for both communities and individuals.