World Bank, T4 Education and over 11,000 teachers call on governments and tech companies to provide good internet access and equipment to all schools worldwide after Teacher Tech Summit 2022 – World

Release released after the world’s largest EdTech summit also signed by Save the Children, Lemann Foundation, Scholastic, Cambridge Partnership for Education and Owl Ventures.

The World Bank, T4 Education and more than 11,000 teachers today called on governments, the international community and tech companies to work together to ensure that every school in the world has reliable internet access and enough devices to integrate educational technology (EdTech) into every classroom. global learning gaps.

The statement, released after the Teacher Tech Summit 2022, also called for EdTech to be designed in collaboration with teachers and leveraged to reduce educational inequalities. It has been signed by leading organizations such as Scholastic, Cambridge Partnership for Education, The Lemann Foundation, Save the Children, Owl Ventures and over 10,000 teachers around the world, including award-winning British teacher Andria Zafirakou.

The Teacher Tech Summit communiqué recognizes that EdTech has the tremendous ability to fill the global learning gaps that have been created by the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute significantly to the achievement of the goal of Sustainable Development 4 (SDG4) to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education”. and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. But its signatories believe that unless governments, the international community, tech companies, innovators and educators reduce access disparities, deploy comprehensive EdTech strategies, engage educators throughout EdTech design processes , train teachers to effectively use technology to make sure EdTech works to enhance learning. outcomes and breaking down barriers for girls using EdTech, we risk seeing these inequalities widen.

Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank, said:

*“Global education stands at a critical juncture as the world seeks to rebuild from COVID-19. If we are to prevent the learning gaps that have been created by the pandemic from taking root, technology – with its ability to deliver personalized learning to break down barriers to education – will be a key part of this. provide an integrated set of digital connectivity, hardware, software and human capacity support across all schools.*

*“Only then could technology be an effective support for the work of teachers, who are the main pillar of our efforts to save this generation. It is the teachers who have the responsibility to provide effective teaching and emotional support to children who have been deprived of education for months and years, and they need effective support from ministries and society in its together. *

Vikas Pota, Founder of T4 Education and Teacher Tech Summit, said:

“We convened the Teacher Tech Summit to connect teachers with technologists, because if we are to find technology solutions to the biggest challenges in global education, it is absolutely essential that those who create these tools benefit from the experience of those at the heart of education who work every day to improve learning.

“For EdTech to realize its full potential, teachers must also be fully trained to use it effectively, it must be guided by comprehensive, evidence-based national strategies to ensure that technology improves teaching outcomes and of learning, and we must break down the barriers that girls and young women face in using EdTech. If you get it right, EdTech will be an invaluable tool in ensuring that every child, everywhere receives a good education. “

Camila Pereira, director of education at the Lemann Foundation, said:

“EdTech is an invaluable tool for us in our work to ensure that all students in Brazil have rich learning experiences and can reach their potential. This can help teachers provide more personalized learning paths for children who have had very different experiences during school closures. But for EdTech to succeed, especially in rural and remote parts of the world – often where the need is greatest – we need to ensure that all schools are in able to use it, which means strengthening connectivity.”

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