World Conference; UNESCO/Club of Rome

"ICT for capacity-building: critical success factors"
11 to 13 May 2005

                                                                                                                                                                               The main focus of the conference is on new delivery methods of formal learning and other skills development. It gives particular attention to the special needs of marginalized groups in areas that are unreached by the traditional education systems but could be given access to new forms of education delivery through satellite technologies. 

Reidar Roll, the Secretary General and CEO of ICDE, will be a panellist in Session 2: "Policy making and critical success factors" which will take place between 11.30am and 1pm on Wednesday 11 May 2005.

The Chairperson of this session will be Mr Xinsheng Zhang, Deputy Minister of Education of China.

The panel includes:

  • Mr Reidar Roll, ICDE 
  • Mr Jean-Francois Rischard, World Bank
  • Ms Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media
  • Mr Ferdinand Kayser, President and CEO, SES ASTRA

Structure of the Conference

The Conference will take place over three days from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 May 2005. The Conference is structured as follows:

In the introduction, different keynote speakers will set the framework by setting the context and purpose of the World Conference including:

  • Introduce the strategy for implementing the Action Plan of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and preparation for Tunis 2005;
  • Address the challenge on how to accelerate progress on achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and poverty alleviation, with particular focus on the role of ICT in non-formal education ie for learning;
  • Present the intention to elicit the prerequisites and success factors for capacity-building using ICT.

The next session will focus on how policy-making can emphasize critical success factors. Policy approaches will be illustrated by regional, national and civil society perspectives and experiences in using ICT for learning.

Four regional interactive sessions, which will present testimonies and case studies, are intended to illustrate the prerequisites, lessons learned and key success factors in the use of ICT for capacity-building. These presentations will be anchored by a moderated panel in Paris, and will encourage discussion with the Conference participants. 

There will be several short strategic sessions interspersed among the interactive sessions, where industry, the academic world, NGOs and IGOs will introduce and debate key issues such as:

  • Policy making and critical success factors;
  • Partnerships for education;
  • Technology for life-long learning in developing countries;
  • Sustainable and low cost technology solutions for capacity-building.

The Conference will close with a synthesis and conclusions, as the basis for inputs to WSIS.

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