New push for digital education in LAC

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The Organization of American States (OAS) says it is collaborating with ProFuturo, the digital education programme of Fundación Telefónica Movistar and Fundación "la Caixa", to identify the best practices in digital education in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

It said the programme will provide innovative solutions to post-pandemic educational challenges, and will also that serve as "a reference in the context of the return to school attendance.

"To this end, they are calling on civil society organisations and public or private educational entities of any educational level that are registered in the countries of the region to submit their best practices between August 8 and September 8," the OAS said in a statement.

It said selected best practices will make up the largest mapping of best practices in digital education in the region, which pursues two objectives, namely to recognise initiatives from schools and civil society organisations that contemplate innovative and scalable pedagogical practices with the integration of new digital technologies and to make visible initiatives that promote learning opportunities and contribute to the development of programmes aimed at improving the teaching-learning process in the region.

The OAS said participants can apply for one or several internships that has been in effect since 2020 that integrate new digital technologies as resources to improve teaching-learning processes and the accompaniment of school trajectories and that the best practices will be announced in September.

It said an interactive map will be created on the OAS Educational Portal as a repository open to the public and a video will be published with the most outstanding practices, which will also receive a certification from the OAS General Secretariat.

The OAS said the Mapping of Best Practices in Digital Education in the Americas is part of the OAS–ProFuturo alliance, whose objective is to support the countries of the region to strengthen digital education in their national policies to promote inclusive, equitable and quality education, through the implementation or incorporation of sustainable digital education projects.

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