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According to its Statutes, the Institute shall contribute to the design and implementation of the programmes of the Organization in regard to application of information and communication technologies in education. Hence, IITE serves a specific purpose within the fields of competence of UNESCO. It is principally programme-driven, responds to both global and country needs, is a part of an operational network of UNESCO structures and supports the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Medium-Term Strategy as well as the programme priorities of UNESCO, as approved by the General Conference.

IITE’s mission is to serve as a centre of excellence and provider of technical support and expertise in the area of ICT usage in education.

Following the intention to assist the Organization, IITE, within its status and functions, will support UNESCO by:

  • bridging the digital divide in education;
  • building inclusive knowledge societies by reinforcement of national capacities in promoting e-environments for increasing access to education and lifelong learning,
  • facilitating policy dialogue,and
  • initiating development of national strategies on application of ICTs in education.

IITE’s role is two-fold, both normative and informative, gathering facts, data, and examples of good practices and disseminating them widely.

IITE’s strategic objectives:

  1. Capacity enhancement of Member States on ICTs in education through evidence-based policies, teacher professional development and equity access for vulnerable groups.
  2. Fostering ICT-enhanced learning through knowledge sharing, Open Educational Resources (OER), networking and cooperation.

For successful implementation of the IITE’s Medium-Term Strategy, the Institute acts in the framework of five implementation modalities:

(1) policy and research,
(2) capacity development,
(3) teacher education,
(4) knowledge services and
(5) global partnership.

See also:

UNESCO Mid-term Strategy 2008-2013

IITE Strategy 2008-2013

Millennium Development Goals

1UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy for 2008-2013. Ref. 34 C/4.