UNESCAP News Services
Date: 22 March 2012
Press Release No: G/17/2012
ESCAP institute trains educators and policymakers in Sri Lanka and the Maldives on use of ICT for national development
Kukulenganga, Sri Lanka (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Senior government officials and educators in Sri Lanka and the Maldives are taking part this month in training organized by the United Nations on using information and communication technology (ICT) for achieving national goals including youth development, disaster risk management and climate change abatement.
More than 60 professors from 15 Sri Lankan universities have taken part in the 21-22 March orientation in the ‘Turning Today’s Youth into Tomorrow’s Leaders Programme’ of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), a subsidiary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Organized jointly with the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka, the two-day capacity building exercise used training modules developed by APCICT on using ICT for developing youth leadership capacities. The ESCAP centre is working with the Sri Lankan ministry to integrate the training modules into university curricula starting with the new academic year in September this year.
"Enhancing the ICT capacities of our next generation of leaders is an investment that will support Sri Lanka's poverty reduction and development goals," said Mr. Lalith Weerathunga, Secretary to the President of the Government of Sri Lanka.
Next week, APCICT will organize two ICT capacity development workshops in the Maldives from 26 to 28 March in partnership with the Maldives National University to be attended by 90 senior academics and policymakers. The training sessions will focus on the use of ICT for disaster risk management and in addressing climate change challenges.
APCICT aims to strengthen collaboration with Sri Lanka and the Maldives to implement wider ICT capacity building programmes in support of achieving national development goals and reaping the full benefits of the information age
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Francyne Harrigan
Chief, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP
T: (66) 2 288 1864, M: (66) 81 835 8677, E: email@example.com
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