The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MinTIC) has joined forces with a regional alliance to address the digital literacy challenges in Latin America, striving to connect Colombians with a technology that enhances well-being and productivity.
This strategic collaboration unfolded during the biennial ‘Escuela Plus’ Congress organized by Vrio in Brazil, featuring governmental representatives in education and ICT from various South and Central American countries.
Collaboration for innovative learning experiences
The event witnessed delegations from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Brazil, coming together to plan, implement, and share innovative learning experiences using audiovisual resources. The primary focus of this congress is to facilitate interaction and knowledge exchange, enriching participants’ understanding and application of digital literacy in the educational context.
The MinTIC emphasized that Colombia currently faces crucial challenges in educational digitalization. It underscores the government’s commitment to adapting technologies to each community’s specific needs to advance digital literacy, ensuring that no student is excluded from this educational revolution.
Addressing inequality in digital access
According to the United Nations, the region grapples with a stark inequality in access to new technologies. In Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 200 million people are without basic digital infrastructure, reflecting a pressing need to bridge this gap.
Authorities and government representatives in South American education unanimously acknowledged the “urgent challenges” the region faces concerning students’ digital literacy and the necessity for infrastructure improvements to expand connectivity. This recognition comes amidst the rapid growth of the digital economy, which now constitutes nearly 20% of the global gross domestic product.
MinTIC’s initiatives for digital literacy
The MinTIC is actively addressing digital literacy challenges by catering to the needs of citizens of all ages. It offers free courses and certifications for individuals from the age of 8, aiming to empower Colombians with digital skills. Interested individuals can explore this opportunity on the ministry’s website and various social media platforms