The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) promotes cooperation among its member states, countries, and regions, with the goal of contributing to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information.
Toward this end, Microsoft and UNESCO formed a partnership in 2004 to support the use of technology in transforming education, reducing poverty, and helping address the digital divide. Through this partnership, UNESCO and Microsoft work with governments, civil society, and private partners in support of the common goals of promoting socio-economic development and an equitable knowledge society around the world.
Microsoft collaborates in four of UNESCO’s core pillars - education, science, culture, and communication and information. The partners place a primary focus on the global Education for All (EFA) movement, which aims to meet the personalized learning needs of all children, youth, and adults by 2015.
Currently, Microsoft and UNESCO are working on several projects together, including the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and the Innovative Teachers Program.