Tuesday, January 13

Weather forecasting: Precision matters

Right Now the majority of Tanzania rural population are busy in the farm. Their last year business is what we are enjoying today. This means tomorrow begins today thus the preparation hinges of the availability of necessary infrastructures be the seeds of the right variety, be the fertilizer at the right prices be the information on how will the rain be in the next few months. Of late we have see increased precision in weather forecasting at least for only few days ahead. For effective and productive forecasting farmers need a minimum of four months which is the duration of most staple annual crops. A pre- forecast will help farmer and the advisory services of type of varieties to grow in a particular locality including the type of management to be applied. New high tech equipment and global coordination will be needed. But also local level simple equipment at ward level will be crucial in increasing precision.

Sunday, October 30

Launch of the UNESCO OER Platform and the UNESCO/COL OER Policy Guidelines

Dear Members,
I have just received this communication which I guess might be of interest to some of you. Check below for more details:

On Tuesday 1 Nov, Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO will be officiating the launch of:

1. The UNESCO Open Educational Resources Platform
2. The UNESCO/COL Guidelines for OER in Higher Education

The UNESCO Open Educational Resources Platform is a first-ever, innovative online Platform offering selected UNESCO publications as open educational resources allowing our global community of stakeholders to freely use, copy, adapt, and re-share.

The OER Platform will be launched with an OER version of the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education with shared OER adaptations from the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia.

The UNESCO/COL Guidelines on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education outlines key issues and suggestions for integrating OER into higher education to support quality teaching and learning. The aim of this document, prepared by the Secretariat, is to encourage educational stakeholders to invest in the production, adaptation, and use of OER, and to improve the quality of curricula and teaching.

The Launch is scheduled for 6:30pm Paris time (GMT-1) and will be live-streamed in:
English - mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_10_en.wmv
Fran├žais - mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_10_fr.wmv

Please refer to the UNESCO OER Programme site (www.unesco.org/webworld/en/oer) for more information.

We'll be tweeting the Launch on #oerlaunch and would greatly appreciate it if you would please forward this message to all your OER colleagues, and to tweet and retweet.

Please excuse the cross-postings and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Regards,
Abel CAINE

UNESCO OER Programme

ICT in Education, Science and Culture Section
Knowledge Societies Division
Communication and Information Sector
UNESCO
France

+33 1 45 68 42 37
a.caine@unesco.orgwww.unesco.org/webworld/en/oerTwitter: @abelcaine

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