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Expert Meeting on ICT for Non-formal Education

Lampang, Thailand

There is strong conviction that Information Communication Technology (ICT) can be harnessed to promote Non Formal Education (NFE) activities in Asia and the Pacific. Although there is increasing awareness of the potential of technology in the region and increasing access to ICT, many countries in the region are yet to benefit from the possibilities offered by ICT. In particular much more work needs to be done to reach the target beneficiaries: socio-economically disadvantaged people who generally live in rural, remote and isolated areas in the region. This group includes farmers, rural poor, women and girls, out-of-school children, youth and adults, the unemployed etc. The divide in access to technologies between the poor and the rich poses new threats to increase existing educational and socio-economic disparities. It is, therefore, important to ensure that disadvantaged groups learn to benefit from the use of ICTs in an increasingly knowledge based society.

UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL) launched the ICT-NFE project under financial support from the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for ICT. The project has two components. One is to use the potential of ICT to explore more effective use and delivery of existing resources and develop new resources to widen access to, and improve the relevance and quality of, learning through CLCs and other community-based mechanisms. The other is to explore effective development and uses of ICT for NFE to empower individual learners and also to assist community development.

To further elaborate and clarify project details as well as to ensure relevance, an Expert Meeting on ICT application for Non-formal Education was organised, which invited experts in NFE for ICT as well as project focal points from 5 participating countries; namely, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. (28 April – 2 May 2003).

To design content, strategies and timeframe of the following two project components with specific focus on the following:

  • 1. ICT Material Development and Training
    • To review existing ICT content, tools, use and resources for NFE
    • To identify effective uses of ICT for NFE material development and dissemination, training of NFE personnel and management of NFE programmes
    • To develop strategies and action plans for preparing a package of quality, cost-effective, user-friendly, and content-specific materials of NFE using ICT
  • 2. Community Empowerment through ICT
    • To share the country experiences of ICT for NFE including the project sites profiles
    • To identify effective tools and content for community empowerment as well as capacity building needs of project personnel in the countries
    • To develop implementation strategies including the management structure, resource arrangements, and schedule of activities

The two components of the project were elaborated on for implementation, specifically:

  • 1. ICT Material Development and Training
    • A list of resource materials of ICT for NFE developed based on the review of existing materials
    • A draft guideline for effective use of ICT for NFE for training and implementation developed
    • Strategies and action plans formulated to develop a package of content-specific materials
  • 2. Community Empowerment through ICT
    • Project profiles of participating countries compiled
    • The draft guideline on the use of ICT for NFE developed at the first part of the meeting, later to be modified and will include strategies for community empowerment
    • Strategies and concrete action plans of participating countries will be developed

Five Experts/project implementers working in ICT application for NFE at the grassroots, e.g. pedagogic use, audio-visual material development, training of personnel and programme management

Five Country focal points for ‘Community Empowerment through ICT Project’, two each from Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan

Schedule of the workshop

Day 1

Material development and training

  • Opening and introduction to the meeting and Day 1-3
  • Sharing the effective use of existing ICT materials and programmes


Day 2

Material development and training

  • Developing a draft guideline for effective use of ICT for NFE
  • Formulating strategies and action plans for developing content-specific ICT materials


Day 3

  • Field visits to local ICT – NFE projects
  • Feedback on the field visit experiences


Day 4

Community Empowerment project

  • Introduction to Day 4-5
  • Sharing information on country projects and project profiles of project sites
  • Exploring the effective use of ICT for community empowerment based on the draft guideline developed on Day 2


Day 5

Community Empowerment project

  • Formulating strategies and action plans in each country
  • Formulating action plans for inter-country activities

Contact details:

Darunee Riewpituk
UNESCO Bangkok
P.O.Box 967 Prakanong Post Office,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 391-0577, 391-0703, 391-0815 Fax: (66-2) 391-0866