Online Educa's 14th annual conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training for 2008 went ahead in Berlin Dec 3-5 and marked the launch of a UN initiative which will bring online learning to more than 160 developing countries.
The UN hopes that by developing an E-Learning program they will be able to "offer developing countries opportunities to draw upon a rich array of training and capacity-building resources."
Online learning is really the ideal tool for charities, not-for-profits, NGOs and Humanitarian Aid organisations, who are generally understaffed, spread thin across a wide geographical area and sometimes under-skilled. If the Internet is available, then improving capacity development and training expertise via an online system makes a whole lot of sense.
The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) press release states that by "agreeing to pool and share their collective training resources and shift towards technology supported learning, the initiative will help UN agencies eliminate duplicative activities, reduce costs, and reach a wider client base."
This UN decision is another feather in the cap of e-learning and online training, proving that these systems by their very nature will save you money and help you to train and upskill your team and other individuals.
While I'm here I should mention that we do special rates for charities and not-for-profits, so please do contact us if you are an organisation interested in using Litmos.
To read the full UN press release go here: UN Launches E-Learning Initiative in Over 160 Developing Countries