UNESCO takes a comprehensive approach to ICTs in education. UNESCO considers that ICTs can contribute to universal access to education, equity in education, the delivery of quality learning and teaching, teachers’ professional development as well as improve education management, governance and administration provided the right mix of policies, technologies and capacities are in place.
Its programme includes:
Capacity building and policy advice for the use of technologies in education, particularly in emerging domains such as mobile learning
Ensuring that teachers have the skills necessary to use ICTs in all aspects of their professional practice through tools such as the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT CFT)
Supporting the use and development of multilingual educational resources and software which are available for use and re-use as a result of open licenses (open educational resources – OER; free and open source software – FOSS)
Promoting ICTs for inclusive education, including for persons with disabilities and gender equality
Collecting statistics and developing indicators on the use of ICTs in education
Providing policy support to ensure that the potential of ICTs are harnessed effectively throughout the education system.
The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), based in Moscow, specializes in information exchange, research and training on the integration of ICTs in education.