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The Beijing Platform for Action Meets the World Summit on the Information Society

2. CONNECTING WSIS ICT POLICY WITH EDUCATION IN THE BPFA

BPFA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

1- Give women equal access to education.

2- Wipe out illiteracy among women.

3- Improve women's access to vocational training, science and technology and continuing education.

4- Develop education and training programmes that do not discriminate against women.

5- Provide sufficient resources for educational reform to monitor its progress.

6- Encourage life-long education and training for women.

ICT POTENTIAL:

Distance education enables women who don't have physical access to schools (who live in rural areas) to access education through online classes and programs.

E-learning offers students access to a vast amount of information and resources that is not possible in a single instructional setting.

Online teaching support programmes for teachers who have minimal teaching background gives them a support system to assist with lesson planning, curriculum design and other learning tools.

WHAT GENDER ADVOCATES ARE FIGHTING FOR IN THE WSIS POLICY DOCUMENTS

Integrate into curricula at all levels of formal and informal training, ICT education based on gender equality, education in media and information literacy and human rights.

Develop and provide resources for ICT skills enhancement for women and girls in technical colleges, and in particular professional academies with full involvement of the teaching staff and directors. This action should replace commercially-based joint venture programmes with multi-national corporations that provide narrow training focused on their company products.

Develop ICT tools and programmes that promote lifelong learning for all.

Include in formal and informal education programmes the development of ICT skills, particularly for girls, so that they can access and produce knowledge as a contribution to the empowerment and participation of all citizens.

Provide children, parents and teachers with apropriate training in the use of ICTs and with access to new ICT-enhanced learning models, including distance-learning, online textbooks and reference materials.

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