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December 21, 2021 Tuesday 12:40:05 PM IST

Rewired Global Declaration on Connectivity for Education

The Rewired Global Declaration was developed by UNESCO with support from Dubai Cares. It reflects the inputs of a 22-person expert advisory group and an inclusive global consultation process involving governments, civil society, youth, teachers, researchers, and private sector organizations, among other stakeholder groups to discuss strategies to leverage connected technologies to deliver quality education for all. 

Stefani Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education underscored that the Declaration puts forward new norms and understandings to guide national and international efforts to make connected learning a reality for all students while ensuring that education remains a human-centered endeavor. It aims to unlock approaches that work for those most in need of opportunities, for refugees, for students with disabilities, for girls and women, and for teachers in remote areas.”

The declaration is an inclusive roadmap for the digital transformation of education as well as a framework for action, partnerships, and financing. Although most countries have now rapidly moved towards remote learning, there are still over 1.3 billion children aged three to 17 who still don't have access to connectivity at their homes. This represents a learning inequality of the greatest proportions that can have a lasting effect on the future. The Declaration provides a roadmap to begin bridging these divides and ensuring that technology meets the needs of learners and teachers.