skoool.ie has been selected by the World Summit Award Grand Jury as one of the 5 best e-Learning products in the world.
A total of 40 top sites were identified from over 800 of the world’s best e-products, chosen as they demonstrate the best in e-content and creativity from 130 countries. A panel of eminent experts from 36 countries chose the 40 sites across 8 categories: e-learning, e-culture, e-science, e-government, e-health, e-business, e-entertainment and a special category: e-inclusion.
Peter Hamilton, Head of Education Development at Intel® IT Innovation Centre, said, “I am absolutely delighted that this award has given skoool strong international recognition for leadership. Intel sees skoool technology as a significant step in the promotion of advanced media learning resources for education worldwide.”
The Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern TD, led the government delegation, which included Minister Dermot Ahern TD and Minister Mary Hanafin TD. The Taoiseach, who addressed the World Summit on Thursday said; ‘The World Summit on the Information Society provides a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding of the new Information and Communications Technologies and their impact on the development of the international community.’
Martin Casey, Managing Director of Arekibo was a member of the World Summit Award Expert panel, said; ‘ 40 outstanding projects from all over the world were chosen by the WSA Grand Jury to exemplify the quality of today’s multimedia market worldwide. A special emphasis was put on projects which show the benefits of information and communication technology for the development of communities and help to bridge the growing content gap between developed and developing countries.’
The World Summit Award is a three year global project, which is held in the framework of and in cooperation with the World Summit on the Information Society 2003-2005 (WSIS).
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) provides a global platform to bring together the international community, including Heads of State and Government, Executive Heads of United Nations agencies, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry leaders, media representatives and civil society.
The purpose of the Summit is to develop a common vision and understanding of the information society and the adoption of a declaration and plan of action for concerted development for implementation by Governments, international institutions and all sectors of civil society in order to reduce the digital divide.
All 40 World Summit Award exemplars including skoool.ie were recognised at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva on December 9-11. The selected outstanding projects were celebrated in a spectacular showcase event attended by leading representatives from United Nations member states’ governments, private sector companies and civil society, and Heads of States.
skoool.ie’s award coincides with the announcement by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the World Summit event that two new United Nations bodies are to be based in Ireland. The Global ePolicy Resource Network and the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative will promote the use of technology around the world for the benefit of developing countries.