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Latin America and ICTs united through ELAC

The Strategy for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean (ELAC for its acronym in Spanish) has published the first of six thematic bulletins dedicated to each chapter of the eLAC2010; these bulletins can be found in the Information Society Programme portal, on the ECLAC’s website.

eLAC is a regionally agreed strategy that conceives Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as instruments for economic development and social inclusion. This is a strategy with a long term vision (towards 2015) in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This strategy can become a reality with short term action plans that aim to achieve quantitative and qualitative goals.

The main article in the bulletin analyses the persistent gap in the access to ICTs in the education sector, with a new graphic that shows how the connectivity of education centres reduces the digital gap. Moreover, it offers a recount/review of the existent strategies in this field that are in accordance with the education goals of the eLAC2010 Regional Action Plan.

This edition also reveals some of the region’s initiatives that are contributing to the achievement of eLAC’s education goals in the areas of environment, accessibility, creation of capacities and applications and contents. It concludes, as always, with brief news and recent publications, regarding ICTs in education.

The next editions of the newsletter will focus on the other 5 thematic chapters of eLAC2010, and ELAC asks for your cooperation and ideas for those future editions.

The preliminary guideline is as follows:

Policies and Strategies – February 2009
Productive Sector – May-June 2009
Public Management – September 2009
Infrastruture/Accessibility – December 2009
Health – February 2010

Furthermore, for the newsletter about Policies and Strategies, to be published in February 2009, they would like to know about successful projects, strategies or initiatives, at a regional level, that can be highlighted with successful stories (no more than 800 words).

For any proposals please contact the newsletter editor  Jennifer Ross Laguna before the 30th of November.
In addition, you may inform us of recent publications (no more than 6 months old) about ICT policies and strategies, so they can be included in the publications list.

Download the first newsletter here

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