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 Thursday, 04 February 2010

dot-EDU is an information and communication technology (ICT) intervention mechanism for USAID Missions seeking to improve education systems in their respective countries. dot-EDU seeks to assist developing countries in strengthening learning systems that improve quality, expand access, and enhance equity through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcast technologies.

The dot-EDU mission has two foci. First, dot-EDU provides training and technical assistance to support USAID Missions in developing and implementing technology-assisted applications. Second, dot-EDU conducts pilot projects and prepares knowledge products using available core resources. Activities result in improved understanding, strategic planning, and implementation of technology-assisted educational applications in developing countries. dot-EDU projects are currently underway in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, India, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Namibia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Zambia.

Under the dot-EDU cooperative agreement, EDC and its partners establish learning systems pilots and applications, with gender equity as a priority throughout, that include:
  • Using Internet/ICT to increase the reach and quality of programs in basic education, teacher training, workforce development, and higher education;
  • developing centers of excellence for the production of interactive, multi-media instructional materials in national and indigenous languages;
  • applications of Internet/ICT for learning systems in countries suffering the effects of civil unrest, natural disasters, and HIV/AIDS;
  • developing distance learning programs using multi-media and CD-ROM technology; and
  • Establishing and enhancing networks of school-to-school programs to stimulate teacher and student use of CD-ROM and Internet technology for learning.
Source: For more information about partners of dot-EDU see usaid and also dot-edu