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Projects: Non-formal Education

Non-formal education using ICT/

Recognizing the potential of ICT to transform the teaching-learning process in the Non-Formal Education context, as well as its potential in changing the way educators and learners gain access to knowledge and information, the ICT in Education programme has implemented a number of projects which focus on using ICT to enhance the reach and quality of teaching and learning in the NFE context. Such projects have the ultimate aim of assisting learners in expanding their livelihood opportunities and in enabling them to improve their quality of life.

While more children are going to school than ever before, many drop out before grade five of primary school or graduate without mastering even a minimum set of literacy skills. In many countries of the Asia-Pacific region there is a lack of coordination and support for the education of these children who drop out of school, and little provision of literacy and continuing education for youth and adults.

In view of this situation, UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL) supports Member States in their efforts to systematize non-formal education (NFE), and assists them through training personnel and developing learning materials for NFE.

Since the late 1990s, APPEAL has also been promoting the concept of Community Learning Centres (CLCs) for generating grassroots-based interest and participation in literacy, basic education and continuing education activities for disadvantaged people.

Projects which focus on the use of ICT in non-formal education, that have been implemented as part of the UNESCO ICT in Education programme include: