CAF redoubles its commitment to the digital transformation of education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Within the framework of the Global Launch of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report 2023 (GEM Report) on technology in education, CAF -Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean- presented the work strategies that it carries out to contribute to the comprehensive adoption of technology in the educational systems of the region.

The event, organized by the Ceibal Foundation, in coordination with the office of the GEM Report, with UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay, brought together education ministers from the region, authorities, academia and international organizations.

The use of technology to improve learning and educational management has been a crucial challenge in Latin America, where inequalities in technological infrastructure and budgetary limitations persist.

Given this scenario, CAF works based on five key dimensions that are connectivity and devices; technological inclusion policies and programs; teacher training and accompaniment; data protection and security; and information systems. In addition, it developed a diagnostic tool for the state of progress of educational systems, in terms of the five proposed dimensions.

On the other hand, taking into account that technology has changed the skills that people require to perform at work and to fully participate in society, CAF shared the learning and challenges for teaching computer science in schools, based on the route of the Program.AR initiative of Argentina.

In addition to the development of tools and the generation and dissemination of knowledge, CAF supports concrete actions to improve education through technology. One of these projects is called “Santa Fe more connected”, which addresses connectivity, strengthening the learning platform, interoperability of management information systems, curricular reformulation in the area of technological education and training. of teachers in digital skills.

Pablo Bartol, CAF’s Social and Human Development manager, participated in a closed meeting with the region’s education ministers and senior authorities from international organizations, and in the panel “New ways of educating, learning and evaluating with the help of technologies ”, where he emphasized the importance of adapting initial teacher training to make a change on a scale and sustainable.

For her part, Cecilia Llambí, CAF education specialist, spoke at the panel “Rethinking the role of technologies from the perspective of the actors”, organized by SUMMA and UNICEF. The executive highlighted the relevance of developing a comprehensive and consistent approach to the actions necessary to effectively incorporate technology in education with long-term planning and financing. In addition, she highlighted the role that the different actors of science and technology have, together with the academy, to generate alliances that contribute to curricular changes, training and teacher support.

Meanwhile, Bibiam Díaz, CAF education specialist, was at the discussion “Monitoring of digital policies. Current situation and challenges in Latin America”. In this space, he presented the tool developed by CAF to identify the key dimensions to be monitored by educational systems, as well as its usefulness to identify the critical advances and challenges that allow countries to advance in the comprehensive adoption of technology in all areas of education. educational management and contribute to generating a lasting impact.

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