WE Council member joins international agency: UNESCO's gain is our loss :-)

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Wayne Mackintosh

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Jan 15, 2011, 4:55:04 AM1/15/11
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HI Everyone,

As many of you know, Dr Sanjaya Mishra, has joined UNESCO as Programme Specialist (ICT in Education, Science & Culture) at the Information Society Division of the UNESCO, in Paris.

This is a testament to Sanjaya's scholarship and work in technology mediated learning. On behalf of the WIkiEducator family and Community Council, I extend our sincere congratulations on Sanjaya's appointment and we wish him every success on this new chapter in his career.

Taking up an assignment with an international agency, Sanjaya has now tendered his resignation from the WIkiEducator Community Council.  I respect Sanjaya's decision and the need for independence from specific projects when working for an international agency. UNESCO's gain is our loss :-).

Sanjaya first joined WikIEducator on 8 August 2006 when we had 17 users - a few years down the track, we now have 17,000 users, so I'm wondering about the significance of the number 17! Sanjaya has logged more than 1500 edits in our project across a variety of projects. He has served our inaugural Community Council in an exemplary and professional way.  We are proud of India's WikiEducators who have contributed to widening OER in South Asia and Sanjaya is no exception.

We wish Sanjaya every success in his new mission at UNESCO and trust that he will remember his OER friends in the WIkiEducator family.

Thank you Sanjaya.

Namaste!

Cheers
Wayne














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Randy Fisher

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Jan 15, 2011, 9:59:20 AM1/15/11
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Hi All,

Can one truly 'leave' the WikiEducator family? ...

Perhaps there will be opportunities in Dr. Sanjaya's work where he can use WikiEducator to support his goals at UNESCO, and those of UNESCOs.

I am reminded by my experience while working at the Commonwealth of Learning - Mr. Ian Pringle used WikiEducator to develop a space for Community Media / Community Radio professionals - with significant input from UNESCO programme managers and officers. I was fortunate to work on that project - and support community building efforts.

We wish you every success - and welcome your thoughts and ideas for using and leveraging OERs in support of your mission and activities.

Best regards,

- Randy


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