Learning: Our Common Wealth
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In this lecture I shall begin by asking whether humankind shares a common universe of thought. Finding the answer in the negative, I shall reflect briefly on the evidence that Asians and Westerners think differently and conclude that these differences enrich humankind. // I shall then dwell briefly on development and the role of learning in development, something that is very close to the preoccupations of this foundation. This will lead me, appropriately since this is a Millennium Lecture, to note that the Millennium Development Goals, which are a particular expression of our aspirations to improve the lot of humankind, require a massive increase in human learning. // How we can we achieve the expansion in the scope and scale of human learning that attaining these Millennium Development Goals requires? I shall explain why the approaches, techniques and principles that we call open and distance learning provide a powerful response to that question. // Finally, I shall show how the Commonwealth of Learning is attempting to apply open and distance learning to each of the Millennium Development Goals. One of our programmes involves close cooperation with institutions in this state of Tamil Nadu.
- 2000-2005 
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