The Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI), founded by the UN ICT Task Force and the governments of Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Ireland was established in recognition of the vital role that education plays in creating long-term, sustainable development and how Information and Communication Technologies for Education (ICT4E) is a catalyst for improved education, community empowerment and socio-economic growth. GeSCI works to help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals
With its headquarters based in Ireland, GeSCI’s role is two-fold. Firstly, GeSCI concentrates on facilitating and supporting ICT4E initiatives working with the local Ministries of Education and ICT in developing countries. Specifically, GeSCI firstly provides assistance with planning of ICT4E initiatives, providing knowledge and experience in the draft-ing of national plans so that each country can take ownership of a strategic and attainable plan. Secondly, GeSCI also convenes global partners, so that needs identified can be successfully matched by resources, be they donors or other private sector entities who can provide expertise, technical, physical and financial support.
GeSCI has initially focused its work on four priority countries, Namibia, Ghana, Bolivia and the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Currently, work is progressing in each partner country with each working towards its own ICT4E strategy. In addition to these countries, it is also working with the Jordanian Education Initiative on a codification, analytical and problem-solving exercise in Jordan and with SchoolNet Africa’s One Million PCs campaign.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 15. Towards WSIS Phase 2 (Tunis) (PoA, Section F)
Related MDGs: MDG 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education
MDG 3. Promote gender equality & empower women
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
no information available, UN Initiative
Includes the United Nations, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Namibia, Ghana, India, Bolivia, Jordan, SchoolNet Africa, numerous private sector companies, UNICEF.
Additional Information on National Implementation Mechanism
Strategy for coordinating WSIS Implementation at the national level: No