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Press Release: Virtual Learning Centre on MDGs to Launch in Zimbabwe

MDGs.org.zw

MDGs.org.zwDevelopment Reality Institute (DRI) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Implementation Programme, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will today launch Zimbabwe’s first ever virtual learning platform on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the country.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 goals ranging from halving extreme poverty to stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS and providing primary education to all. The MDGs were agreed to by 189 world leaders at the United Nations in 2000 aiming to create a safer and better world.

Due to the economic crisis Zimbabwe experienced between 2000 and 2008, the country fell behind in its progress towards achieving the MDGs. There are therefore a number of challenges that need to be met in order for us to reach the MDGs as a nation by 2015.

Against this background, the online facility offers a platform to learn, share resources and lessons, discussions and other interactive facilities to help development workers and interested participants to connect and advance MDGs.

The initial course is free, simply register on the site and you are enrolled. On completing this initial basic course you are able to enroll in future courses and kept informed of the developments on MDGs in the different sectors involved in work on the MDGs.

“We are excited to be launching this online platform to advocate for MDGs. It’s the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, and probably in Africa. It’s an attempt to address the knowledge and information gap in development processes,” said Verengai Mabika, DRI Director.

Mabika said the Millennium Development Goals Virtual Learning Centre (VLC) is an innovative way to enhance awareness on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Zimbabwe among various stakeholders including development practitioners, government officials, academics, students and the general public.

The interactive facility aims at building capacity, raising awareness and encouraging the sharing of high quality information on the Millennium Development Goals and related issues.

“The MDGs VLC will offer dynamic and interactive short-term online courses on the MDGs and related issues. The platform will also support an online community of knowledge sharing in development issues,” said Mabika.

The development of the MDGs Virtual Learning Centre project is a component of the Towards 2015: Strengthening Medium Term Plan (MTP) Implementation and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Achievement in Zimbabwe project under the leadership of the Government of Zimbabwe and supported by the United Nations Development Programme. The platform is designed and managed by Development Reality Institute; a youth-oriented NGO with strong competences and experience in managing virtual platforms.

This facility provides an easy tool to track progress on the MDGs in Zimbabwe. you can add your voice through the forum attached to the timeline

There is a great deal of reflection and activity reviewing the effectiveness of the MDGs, proposing ideas for what should succeed them in 2015. Learn the course of action after the MDGs

The website gives you the knowledge Hub for all your needs. Access the latest documents, reports, policy briefs, multimedia, infographics and graphic

Young people can make a difference and contribute to the Millennium Development Goals. The MDG kids provides lots of fun, games, quiz and opportunities for kids to be engaged.


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