29. August 2007

UNESCO Platform for Open Training Materials

The UNESCO platform for free training materials offers at present more than 3000 publications out of 21 topic areas. It is not limited to publications of the UNESCO, but covers also material of other organizations. Most of them can be downloaded in .pdf-format. Currently (December 2008), there are 539 training resources in the category conflict prevention (including subcategories). (Path: Home > Categories > Social problems > Conflict prevention). Other categories, related to the topics of peace and conflict are peace education (path: Educational management and pedagogy > Teacher training and curriculum development > Peace education) and peace and human rights (path: Legal issues > Peace and human rights)
UNESCO describes the tasks of the website as follows:
'UNESCO facilitates a collaborative access to existing free training courses and promotes open licensed resources to specialized groups and local communities for development.
The objective behind this platform is to empower trainers or/and trainees with free resources, offer them a structured collaborative space to share their training but also to promote and value the 'open' training materials, which are freely and openly accessible for trainers and self-learners to use and re-use for non commercial purposes such as teaching, learning and research.
The Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO has been developing this open training platform available on line, to build capacities of local people and specialized communities (Trainers, educators, decision makers & policy makers, entrepreneurs, farmers, scientists, media people, librarians, archivists & information specialists, cultural actors, health specialists, environment specialists, development & social worker or civil servants) through ICT-enhanced training.
It offers a central access point to non-formal education resources and training which may be relevant to them according to their needs, knowledge, language and culture, with special emphasis on developing countries\' people. This is at the service of end users (through community centers, IT kiosks, equipped libraries, etc.) but also helps trainers in their guiding and facilitating role to make people, including women and young, adapted to actively participate in knowledge societies and economies where their future stands in their ability to be active opportunity seekers.'