Last December 22nd AIDGLOBAL promoted the webinar “Digital Education: part of a path towards Social Inclusion?”, gathering 35 participants in an online initiative that counted with the voices of researchers, teachers, members of the educational community, and others interested (or curious) to see an answer to the question that gave the event its title: “Digital Education: part of a path towards Social Inclusion?
The fields of the immaterial and the digital dimension are today unavoidable in everyday life and transversal to the daily life of more than half of the Portuguese population. The pandemic has confronted us with the almost uninterrupted glow of screens, and if there are fragments of society that have accompanied this transition, there are still bangs of the population that do not have the resources, the knowledge, or the necessary skills to adapt to this reality, namely in the educational context.
The challenges facing this adaptation, the projects that have been created to make digital a reality accessible to all, namely in the school context, and the way this area has been contributing, or not, to social inclusion, were the themes that were discussed, to social inclusion were the themes that guided the reflection that arose in the voices of Luísa Lopes Ribeiro, Angélica Reis Monteiro, Matilde Buisel, Mariana Galvão and Ilpo Lalli and Ana Margarida Rebelo and Ana Rita Gonçalves, speakers of this initiative, moderated by the lawyer and writer, Rute Simões Ribeiro.
The reflection, which between moments of conversation and presentation of projects, took place between 15:10 and 17:25, was anticipated by the presentation of the first National Report of the BET project, made by Sofia Lopes, Project Manager of AIDGLOBAL. The presentation exposed the analysis made in the Report, regarding the needs that exist in education, in Portugal, and that justify an educational innovation and the development of digital skills.
At the end of the event no certainties were presented regarding the undoubted nature of digital as a platform for social inclusion. Instead, projects, perspectives, strategies and possible ways to bring us closer to a dimension that, being an integral part of the world we live in and the different societies that coexist in it, needs to be accompanied by a process of gradual empowerment and a set of inclusive strategies to ensure that no one is left out, regardless of their age, context or circumstance were presented.
“Beyond COVID-19: The new era of teaching. Digital learning for social inclusion” is a European project funded by Erasmus +, being promoted by Oxfam Itália, in partnership with AIDGLOBAL, Actionaid, Agenda 21 and Lama. It runs from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023, in Portugal, Italy, Romania and Cyprus.
Learn more about the project, here.
AIDGLOBAL – Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for Global Development) – is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes several projects in the field of Education for Development and Active Citizenship, in Portugal, including in Portugal. Autonomous Region of Madeira, where it has a delegation in Porto Santo and, also, in the field of Literacy, in Mozambique, in the Province of Gaza. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.