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Conference on rural skills development through ICT

25-26 October 2013, Dujiangyan, Chengdu, People's Republic of China

From 25 to 26 October 2013, the UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, Chengdu Municipal Education Bureau, and Dujiangyan Municipal Government organized a conference on rural skills development through Information Communication Technologies (ICT). The conference’s objective was to share policies, strategies and good practices on rural skills development through ICT, with the aim to develop and improve the information and practical guidelines for further enhancing the access to and outreach of ICT in rural areas.

The two-day event was attended by 100 participants from 17 countries, including representatives from national, regional and international organizations as well as representatives from seven UNEVOC Centres in China, Pakistan, Nepal, Botswana, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Presentations highlighted the issues and challenges in skills development for rural youth, and focused on the role of ICT in expanding access for rural youth in the Asia and Pacific region and beyond.

A report outlining the recommendations will be published soonest.

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