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WSIS Stocktaking

Success Stories 2012

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This year’s case studies were selected through a contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2012, open to all stakeholders from submission to voting and served as the basis for WSIS Stocktaking 2012: Success Stories. The announcement of WSIS Project Prizes came in response to requests from participants at the WSIS Forum 2011 for a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for the success of their efforts in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of information and communication technologies. The new WSIS Project Prizes is now an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking Process established in 2004. Prior to the identification of the winners, the WSIS Project Prizes 2012 contest went through several phases, namely, submission and appreciation. The contest had a multi-stakeholder character involving the participation of governments, international organizations, civil society, private sector and others.The 2012 success stories are in accordance with the mandate of the WSIS Stocktaking set in paragraph 120 of the Tunis Agenda on the Information Society and the Resolution 2011/16 on “Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society” which encouraged all stakeholders to continue contributing to the WSIS Stocktaking database.

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Access to information and knowledge: Computers to Educate -“A road to knowledge” (Colombia)

Computers to Educate (CPE) is a social program from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and from the Ministry of Education in Colombia. It seeks to reduce social and regional gaps and to help improve education quality based on the incorporation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in basic and intermediate public education. This was evaluated in a study made by the Universidad de los Andes in 2010. The study concluded that variables such as desertion, academic achievement measured, and access to higher education have been positively impacted by information and communication technology, provided that the teachers are also properly trained. So, the integral strategy of Computers to Educate shows that there are clear impacts in educational quality and reduction of gaps; the challenge is to increase its order of magnitude, which will be achieved with the targets of Plan Vive Digital.

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