For the last month or so I've been doing some consulting for The Digital Alliance, a not-for-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to providing ICT knowledge and skills to marginalized groups around the globe. Last week, I was thrilled to learn that the Digital Alliance was invited to participate as a Member of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) High-level Panel of Advisor's.
The UN Global Alliance responds to the need and demand for an inclusive global forum and platform for cross-sectoral policy dialogue on the use of ICT for enhancing the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, notably reduction of poverty.
Next week Quinn Sutton, Executive Director of the Digital Alliance ,will be heading to an UN sponsored Pan-African Education conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the week long conference, Quinn will will have the opportunity to meet with high ranking education officials from several African nations and share with them how they can integrate social media tools like PBWiki, Yackpack, and Yahoo! Teachers into their classrooms to support student learning.
I strongly believe that social media and Open Education Resources (OER) have the potential to support learning and economic advancement in developing countries and I'm proud that I've been able to work with the Digital Alliance on this project. I hope that this is the first of many more collaborations together.
Congratulations to Quinn & The Digital Alliance!