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Open and Distance Education Projects for the Marginalized

  ICT for Seniors’ and Intergenerational Learning
With the aging population of Europe, and the increasing gap between younger and older generations, the Lifelong Learning Programme provides learning opportunities at any stage of life, equipping seniors with the necessary digital skills. This report shares examples of projects funded through the Lifelong Learning Programme (and EU) that support lifelong learning and development of digital competencies.

 MobiStation – an Innovation Supporting Education In and Out of Schools in Uganda
Developed by UNICEF Uganda, this “classroom in a suitcase” provides educational opportunities for in and out of school children, and acts as a useful resource to teachers. This solar-powered suitcase includes a laptop, projector and audio system. For more information on MobiStation, click here.

 Interactive Education Using Technology in Amazonas, Brazil: Expanding Coverage of High Quality Education to Remote Areas
In order to address the urgent need for educating children living in remote areas, the Inter-American Development Bank builds on the State On-site Technology-Mediated Instruction System (SEEPMT) to improve the quality of education in remote areas through the Program to Accelerate Educational Progress in the state of Amazonas (PADEAM).  

  PISCES Project
The Pacific Islands Schools, Connectivity, Education, and Solar Project focuses on developing local skills, including technology training, to the Federal States of Micronesia and Guam. They hope to connect underprivileged schools to Internet and solar-powered technology, especially due to remoteness of these islands. The three pillars of the project are training, skill development and partnerships. 

 We Are An Invincible Youth
This project in Panama trains youth in high-risk communities about basic techniques for radio production as well as other skills necessary for media, involving them in the production of programmes about positive change in their communities, aired on two national radio stations.  

  Communication: Key Element for Personal and Social Development in Indigenous Communities
Focusing on the human rights of indigenous peoples in Panama, this project provides alternative methods of communication and professional development in order to address the issues of access to information, choices of media, capacity development, and gender equality in journalism in rural communities.

 Strengthening Innovative and Gender Inclusive Use of Community Media Practices in the Pacific Region for Peace and Security
Utilizing the power of radio and its continuous central role in many parts of the world, especially in the Pacific region, this project focuses on the implementation of a regional digital strategy for improving ICT and diminishing the gap between urban and rural/remote areas in the Pacific Islands region.

 Supporting Marginalised Girls in Sierra Leone to Complete Basic Education with Improved Learning Outcomes
This project aims at improving primary and secondary educational opportunities for girls in Sierra Leone. It addresses the main factors that inhibit girls’ participation in education, such as lack of resources and teachers, gender-based violence, early marriage, and domestic obligations. Thus, this project takes a three-tiered approach: it addresses the high dropout rate through funding textbooks, uniforms, and more for 12,000 girls, while also training teachers; it allows 550 young women to enroll in distance education at Open University in order to become private school teachers; and it provides training for teachers on pedagogy, inclusive education, and conduct. This project also focuses on disabled children and can fund small grants for materials or training for a more inclusive school environment.