The NATCOM recognizes the power of Communication and information in building knowledgeable societies as knowledge and information impact on people’s lives effortlessly. NATCOM seeks to complement UNESCO’s effort to contribute to the transformation of economies and societies through increased access to, preservation and sharing of information and knowledge generally, but especially through its other fields of competence.
Knowledgeable societies are built on four pillars: freedom of expression; universal access to information and knowledge; respect for cultural and linguistic diversity; and quality education for all. UNESCO has therefore put the following initiatives in place to achieve this: Open Access to Scientific Information, Open Educational Resources, Free Open Software Open Training Platform, Information and Media literacy.
The NATCOM carries forward at country level UNESCO’s strategic objective in the communication programme : Promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge and several Main Lines of Action which include: promoting and enabling the environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety, facilitating pluralism and participation in media and supporting sustainable and independent media institutions; promoting an enabling the environment to facilitate universal access and preservation of information and knowledge. (more: CI activities in the Gambia)