Wednesday, June 22, 2011

UNESCO on iTunes U

By joining iTunes U, a dedicated area of the iTunes Store that offers free audio and video content from leading educational institutions, UNESCO is reinforcing its efforts to reach out to young men and women around the world, providing multilingual audio, visual and printed materials in education, sciences, culture and communication.

Collections containing several hundred movies, podcasts, and documents are available in three languages (English, French and Spanish), ranging from training support materials, to policy reports and journals, and lectures, interviews and documentaries which can be downloaded for free to a computer, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The collections will be regularly updated with new content from UNESCO’s programmes as well as from its 65 years of archives. Featured collections at launch will focus on UNESCO activities around Girl’s Education, Biosphere Reserves, Africa, and Heritage.

"UNESCO has an incredible wealth to share, and joining iTunes U is a fabulous way to do this,” UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova declared. “UNESCO has a long and deep commitment to Open Educational Resources and to making knowledge widely accessible to all . We see this as a foundation upon which to build the ‘knowledge societies’ that we need today – where information is transformed into knowledge and contributes to the welfare of the whole of society, where none are excluded and all voices are heard,” she said.

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