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The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisational created by the Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
The UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE), one of six educational institutes of UNESCO, is a non-profit international research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre on literacy, non-formal education, adult and lifelong learning. By drawing on its long and unique experience linking educational research, policy and practice in these areas and by using its competence, its influence and its resources UIE makes a special contribution in enhancing access to learning, and improving the environment and quality of learning for all in all regions of the world.
The mission of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) is to strengthen the national capacities of UNESCO Member States for applying ICT's in education. For these purposes the institute promotes collection, analysis, dissemination and exchange of information on the use of ICT's in education; provides at the request of Member States information on the application of ICT's in education; offers technical assistance based on research findings in the design of curricula and courses on the use of ICT's in education; organises pre - and in- service training, including open and distance education, for educational personnel on the use of ICT's in education, giving priority to developing countries in transition; fosters the development of UNESCO regional programmes on the application of ICT's in education in all Member States and particularly, in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independence States.
The Caribbean Universities Project for Integrated Distance Education (CUPIDE) is an alternate name for the UNESCO-UWI project for the Enhancement of Human Resource Development in Distance Teaching. Administration and Materials Distribution, funded through the Japanese Fubds in trust for Capacity Building.
The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas and came into effect on August 1, 1973. The CARICOM members are: Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; Montserrat; St. Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; and, Trinidad and Tobago. CARICOM's aim is to provide dynamic leadership and service, in partnership with Community institutions and Groups, toward the attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable Community, with improved quality of life for ll.
The Jamaican Association for Distance and Open Learning (JADOL) is a national association
that aims to promote, enhance and develop the practice of distance and open learning in Jamaica for individual, institutional and national development.
Trinidad and Tobago Distance Learning Association
The Trinidad and Tobago Distance Learning Association (TTDLA) aims to pursue the development of the human resource potential of citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through coordinated efforts that utilize a variety of distance learning modalities.
The Office of Continuing Education, Open and Distance Learning (OCEODL) at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), aims to promote the educational goals and objectives of the University through the provision of access to flexible, open learning educational opportunities, including those available through distance education.
The University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC) is the arm of the regional University of the West Indies (UWI) that aims to provide world class distance education for Caribbean people, and in so doing help UWI achieve its mandate of widening access to tertiary level education and
training, thereby unlocking the potential of the region for growth and development.