[OLPC.ch] Fwd: Low-cost Devices for Education

Samuel Klein sjklein at post.harvard.edu
Tue Apr 29 15:07:58 EDT 2008

Possibly of interest...   Open to all.   SJ

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From: UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector <ci at unesco.org>
Date: Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:38 PM
Subject: Low-cost Devices for Education
To: sjklein at post.harvard.edu

 * Dear Madam, Sir*

*What are the opportunities and risks of 'low-cost devices for education'
initiatives? What is the way forward? *

UNESCO and infoDev (The World Bank) would like to invite you to participate
in the 'Low-cost Devices for Education' meeting taking place in the ITU,
Geneva, Switzerland from 21 22 May 2008. This meeting will be open to all
and will be an opportunity to learn the latest about numerous devices and
share information about applications, experiences and approaches. More
importantly, the event is designed to request input and invite collaboration
in designing a series of activities (sponsored research, capacity building
and outreach, needs assessments, evaluation tools) to help build consensus
around common sets of practical issues and challenges with regard to
low-cost devices, and to help aid all of our work.

Partners and stakeholders from international organizations, private
companies, universities, financial institutions, and civil society will join
this event, which will take place alongside the follow-up meetings on the
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva.

The meeting will take be held at the office of the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) on 21 May.  Results from this meeting will be
reported on and discussed during the official WSIS consultation meeting on
e-learning (C7) at the ITU, on the afternoon of 22 May.

The attached draft agenda gives you more details on the objectives of the
meeting and topics of discussion. You may register for these meetings at


Please note that you will need to check two boxes, one for each day:

   - 21 May 2008 -Open consultative meeting on low-cost devices for
   education (ITU, room B2)
   - 22 May pm - 3rd Facilitation Meeting on Action Line C7 e-learning,
   including low-cost devices for education (ITU, room A).

Both meetings are open to all stakeholders; we look forward to seeing you in
Geneva soon.

Yours sincerely,

*Miriam Nisbet*
Information Society Division
Communication and Information Sector
*Cédric Wachholz*
Team Leader
ICT in Education Unit
Education Sector
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