Medium-Term Strategy 2002-2007. Part II. IITE's Medium-Term Strategy comprises information concerning several current trends in the world and education, IITE's mission, its contribution to UNESCO's Medium-Term Strategy, and the maim directions of the IITE's programme activities.

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This document has been prepared by IITE as an input to the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy 2002–2007 Contributing to peace and human development in an era of globalization through education, the sciences, culture and communication. At present, there are certain considerable disparities in the development of the world communities which exclude entire groups and countries from the potential benefits of digital opportunities in networked knowledge societies. Thus, according to the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy 2002–2007, bridging the digital divide between developing and developed countries and within countries will become a prime strategic challenge throughout UNESCO’s activities.

Striving to make its utmost in attaining the strategic objectives of the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy 2002–2007, and in compliance with its mission, IITE will consolidate the efforts around the UNESCO strategic sub-objectives: Identifying new trends in educational development and promoting policy dialogue and Harnessing information and communication technologies for education. To that end, acting in accordance with its Statutes the Institute will pursue, in its programme activities during 2002–2007, the following strategic objective: reinforcing national potential in ICT application for the development of education.

At UNESCO, we try to foster the application of new information and communication technologies in education at all levels, and we hope this document will help UNESCO Member States benefit from IITE’s activities to modernize countries’ educational systems on the basis of information and communication technologies perceived as a key to such modernization.

John Daniel
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

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