Skills development

ICTs can transform education and help play a critical role in skills development and entrepreneurship

A key issue facing many governments is the need to ensure that their citizens have the necessary skills, not only to ensure sustainable economic activity, but also to help shape a harmonious society.  To this end, much attention has been given to finding ways through which ICTs can support skills development and entrepreneurship. However, there remains much uncertainty about the ways through which ICTs can best be used in differing circumstances to assist people in gaining these skills.

The CTO is therefore working with its members and partners to develop and share guidance on good practices in the use of ICTs for education, particularly focusing on skills development and entrepreneurship.  This work concentrates not just on formal contexts within education systems, but also on vocational training and life-long learning.  Considerable attention has been paid over the last decade to the benefits of e-learning, and more recently mobile- or m-learning.  Likewise there is a body of literature advocating the need for specific 21st century skills, although others argue that many of the most important skills for learning and entrepreneurship are no different today from what they were centuries ago.

The CTO is delighted to be working closely with UNCTAD in this area, and to have co-hosted the launch of their 2011 and 2012 Information Economy Reports Much of the CTOs work on entrepreneurship is also closely related to our focus on Youth and ICTs.

For many free general educational and learning resources, please visit the CTO’s Useful Resources for Learners and Teachers page.