Students from Guyana, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize and Jamaica will benefit from a digital education initiative which is to be implemented in one hundred schools in those five countries.
Last Tuesday, the Organisation of American States (OAS) signed an agreement with the Spanish-based ProFuturo Foundation, which has one of the largest digital education programmes in the world.
The OAS said that the initiative will be carried out through the Educational Portal of the Americas of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) and the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the OAS.
The OAS said the initiative will benefit over 1,132 teachers and 23,026 students in the fiver Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.
The ministries of Education of the Caribbean countries will be in charge of the implementation of the program in their respective states.
Executive Secretary of SEDI, Kim Osborne, indicated at the signing that the agreement is made to fulfill the objectives of the Inter-American Education Agenda.
“This particular agreement with that we signed with ProFuturo on the digital classrooms, speaks to the pillar one on the Inter American Education Agenda which is focused on quality and inclusive education,” she said.
Speaking too at the signing was head of CITEL, Oscar León, who noted that the initiative is carried out within the framework of fulfilling the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ICT Alliance 2030 of the Americas.
For her part, the Director General of ProFuturo, Sofía Fernández de Mesa, said that knowledge of the digital world is key to the future development of the new generations.
She added that: “sixty-five percent of the students in primary today are going to be working in jobs that do not exist for the time being,” which makes access to digital education critical.
According to the OAS, the initiative is carried out within the framework of the agreement to promote digital education in Latin America and the Caribbean signed by the Organisation and ProFuturo in February 2017.
ProFuturo is an education program launched in 2016 by the Telefónica Foundation and the “La Caixa” Banking Foundation. (by Ravin Singh)