With a broad academic agenda that addresses topics related to ICT and education, Virtual Educa Colombia 2017 advances. More that 15,000 attendees have gathered in Corferias to learn about innovative projects in the field of education and professional training for human development.
Virtual Educa 2017
The inauguration of the event was performed by the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, through a letter sent to the attendees and in which he stressed that in the country “we continue making ICT a fundamental element in the consolidation the new Colombia and new education.”
The Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), David Luna, led the opening of Virtual Educa and stressed the importance of technology to facilitate, support and strengthen educational processes. He added that in no way a computer or a tablet replaces a teacher, but it helps teachers to improve their classroom practices.
Within the framework of the event, leaders of multilateral organizations, academic and business leaders, and representatives of the civil society gathered in the Multilateral Forum on Education and Innovation, signed the Declaration of Bogotá; by means of which the advances of ICT and education of the country and importance of incorporating technology in lifelong education are recognized.
The document states that “the experience of Colombia is considered the Inter-American model of educational innovation based on the experience and outcomes of the different programs of appropriation, use, and innovation with ICT in education.”
On the other hand, the Declaration establishes a commitment to make the quality of virtual education a priority in the analysis of public policies worldwide, and the incorporation of technology in education at all stages of life.
The Declaration of Bogotá states that “the process of incorporating technology in education transcends classrooms and education institutions, and reaches the general public because the educational process is continuous and entails the appropriation of ICT by all citizens aimed at facing digital economy at the global level.”
The proposal made to follow-up these commitments is that the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (MinTIC) and Computadores para Educar, on behalf of the Government of Colombia, and the Virtual Educa Global Alliance, establish the mechanisms to review the advances made in this matter.