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In the first phase of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development (2010-2015), UNESCO and ITU put forward a vision to harness broadband and ICTs to achieve the Education For All (EFA) goals, enhance the availability of educational content which reflects cultural diversity, as well as ensure freedom of expression and universal access to this content, as the foundation pillars for building inclusive knowledge societies. 

As Co-Vice-chair of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, UNESCO is committed to advancing the objectives of the Commission within its field of competence. At its September 2016 meeting, many Commissioners underlined the importance and opportunities of broadband and ICT uses for education. In response to these intensive discussions, UNESCO's Director-General offered to re-launch the Education Working Group and was joined by Intel’s Vice President of Government and Education as co-chair of the group.


WG comprises the following members:​

 Commissioners and External Experts

  1. Varkey Foundation
  2. Dr Carlos M. Jarque​
  3. ​South Africa
  4. KT
  5. Ericsson
​ Objectives
  • Examine strategies and policies to better equip young people and adults with the digital skills and the flexibility to fully participate as citizens in digital economies, through education, training, lifelong learning opportunities;
  • ​​Facilitate sharing of knowledge and promising practices on innovations in harnessing broadband and mobile learning to teach digital skills, prepare the professionals needed by the emerging digitalized economy, foster soft skills such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity, enable citizen participation, and support lifelong learning through online communities and resources including open education resources;                   
  • Review international evidence regarding the emergence of digitized societies, digital government and strategies, in both developed and developing countries, and its impact on skills, education and training;

  • Collect and share, from and within the members of the Broadband Commission, government and industry responses to promote and improve digital skills and support lifelong learning through broadband solutions.

  1. ​​​​​​​​​The re-launch of the group was proposed in New York (USA) in September 2016. 

  2. The Group held one meeting (conference call) in January 2017.

  3. The group had​ an onsite meeting at the Broadband Commission Spring meeing 2017 held in Hong Kong SAR of China on 15th March.​