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In the digital economy of our information society, traditional methods of training and education are being transformed through the use of ICTs.  This change is reflected in the mode of delivery, and in the need to create an individualized learning environment.

ITU, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau, has been actively promoting the use of ICTs as a tool to deliver distance-learning courses in a cost-effective way since 1995. Obtaining education through electronic means can be an effective tool in combating illiteracy in developing countries.

The purpose of Programme 2 (Hyderabad, 2010) is to support the ITU membership in improving access to ICT applications and services, especially in underserved and rural areas, achieving trust and confidence in the use of ICTs, the Internet and next-generation networks, promoting fair and equitable access to critical Internet resources. The activities in the broad area of ICT Applications includes promoting and implementing e-Services and e-Applications (e.g., e-Government, e-Business, e-Learning, e-Health, e-Employment, e-Environment, e-Agriculture, e-Science, etc.) in developing countries. Some related resources can be found below.    

Background Information


ITU-D Capacity Building Services

ITU-D e-Education Related Resolutions

  • ITU Hyderabad Action Plan Programme 2 (2010): Cybersecurity, ICT applications and IP-based network-related issues
  • ITU Hyderabad Action Plan Resolution 54 (2010): Information and communication technology applications

ITU Study Groups on e-Education

e-Education Country Projects


Completed Projects and Assistance Provided

  • Arab Region

    A regional seminar on e-Education – hosted by the government of Syria – was held to facilitate the adoption of policies to promote the use of Arabic in ICTs and the creation of Arabic content for e-education.  The ITU-supported seminar was organised in Damascus from 15-17 July 2003, bringing together key players from the Arab region.

  • Central America

    ITU supported countries in this region to elaborate a regional policy and strategy for facilitating the implementation of ICT applications such as e-Commerce, e-Government and e-Education as part of the Connectivity Agenda for the Americas and the Quito Action Plan (2003).

  • Mali

    Internet at Schools - Leading the way to sustainable development

    This pilot project carried out conjointly by ITU, Swisscom and the government was aimed at connecting Timbuktu High School to the internet to support ICT-based education for disadvantaged young people. The project was extended to support other developing countries with the involvement of partners from across the developed and developing world (2003 - 2005).

  • Samoa and Solomon Islands

    ITU embarked on a connectivity project to connect island communities. The project involved the implementation of twenty (ten for each country) multipurpose community telecentres intended to serve as access points to voice communication and ICT services for the local communities, businesses and schools. In Samoa, the project was implemented in two districts, Upolu and Savaii, and could benefit from the government's ongoing efforts as outlined in its strategic plan. In Solomon Islands, the ten multipurpose community information centres were established in Honiara, Guadalcanal province (2005-2006).

    The project is a follow-up of the Global ICT Forum for the Least Developed Countries (Mauritius, 2004) and the Sub-Regional ICT Forum for Pacific Island States (Fidji, 2004).

  • Senegal

    This project in Thies/Senegal is a part of the ITU’s overall scheme to connect schools to the internet (see Internet@Schools, Mali).


     Events and collaboration by ITU and other organization

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     Past Events

  • 11 May 2010 (Geneva, Switzerland): WSIS 2010: E-Learning




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