Mission and values


To advance the interests of its members, ICDE works to:

  • Promote greater quality educational opportunity for all in the name of personal and societal development.
  • Further the acceptance of a wider range of learning modes.
  • Drive innovation and development in flexible educational provision.
  • Provide opportunities for professional interaction.
  • Encourage sharing of good practice and knowledge exchange.
  • Encourage and support linguistic groups and networks at national, regional and global levels.
  • Encourage ways to incorporate disadvantaged students in all educational provision.
  • Promote intercultural cooperation and understanding.

The following strategic objectives have been identified for 2013-2016:

  1. To promote the importance of open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning in educational policy.
  2. To encourage quality in open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning.
  3. To support the development of new methodologies and technologies.
  4. To facilitate cooperation and networking among members.
  5. To strengthen ICDE membership and governance, and engage members in collaborative activity and organizational development.

ICDE's Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 was developed with the involvement of the ICDE membership.  Open online consultations with members in the form of focus groups were held in September and October 2012. Key external stakeholders were subsequently consulted. In November 2012, at the Standing Conference of Presidents (SCOP) meeting in Dubai, leaders of ICDE member organizations discussed the draft strategy and recommended priorities in plenary session and in groups. The ICDE Executive Committee developed the final Strategic Plan taking into consideration input from the entire process. 


ICDE’s actions are guided by the following values:

  • ICDE believes that the needs of the learner must be central and advocates for student success.
  • ICDE is member-focused – ICDE is a global organization which involves members in decision-making, in cooperative action and in cooperative problem solving.
  • ICDE is transparent – members are able to follow the activities and decisions of ICDE.
  • ICDE aims for global and gender balance in its structures and activities.
  • ICDE believes that education is a universal right and should be available to all.

ICDE is a non-governmental organization (NGO) having consultative partnership status with UNESCO with which it shares its key aim – the attainment of quality education for all – as stated in UNESCO’s Declaration of Learner’s Rights and Responsibilities.[1]

Last Updated on Thursday, August 16, 2018 08:14 AM