UNESCO and Huawei agree to promote inclusive digital talent development in Latin America

San José, Jun 28 (elmundo.cr) – The Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC), part of UNESCO, today agreed with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to jointly promote the development of digital talent in Latin America.

Both parties signed a Letter of Intent during an online forum organized by OREALC Santiago and Huawei, expressing that they have identified a number of potential areas of cooperation, such as the development of digital skills for women and children, and digital literacy programs for teachers. .

They will also work together to help provide digital skills training to vulnerable populations. They will organize events such as webinars and workshops to promote knowledge about the importance of developing inclusive digital talent.

In her participation in the forum, Claudia Uribe Salazar, director of OREALC Santiago, said that it is part of UNESCO’s goal to help promote inclusive education and that the joint effort is in line with UNESCO’s goal of seeking to mobilize to civil society and the private sector to achieve their strategic objectives in terms of education.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, UNESCO has been working actively with the Ministries of Education, and has been partnering with the private sector to respond reactively to these effects, taking into account the diversity of contexts and realities in our region. We are ensuring that fieldwork responds to the specific needs of local communities and countries, and is being implemented in a participatory, collaborative and consensual manner. Information and communication technologies are being key allies to offer remote and flexible learning, ”said Uribe Salazar.

«The Letter of Intent is the result of a work of several months between UNESCO and Huawei, during which both institutions have been sharing visions, experiences and plans for the future of Education in Latin America, and have been prioritizing areas of common work, such as ICT skills for teachers, ”he added.

Catherine Chen, Vice President and Board Member at Huawei Technologies, noted that Huawei has invested in developing digital talent around the world and has significantly increased such investment in recent years as part of its corporate social responsibility.

“Digital talent has become an essential cornerstone for the new digital economy and an important pillar for future prosperity,” said Chen. “We are happy to find partners with whom we are working towards the same cause of increasing the community of digital talent for our future,” he said.

“It is important for the public and private sectors to work together for the cause of inclusive talent development. We would like to help close the digital divide, one of the most important challenges we face in this digital age, “he added.

OREALC was created in 1963 with the purpose of supporting member countries in improving their educational systems, with the firm conviction that education is a human right for all, for life.

Huawei has been actively promoting digital talent development and inclusive digital education in recent years, through projects such as Seeds for the Future, its flagship corporate social responsibility program; the ICT Academy, in which it has partnered with universities and higher education institutions around the world to offer training in digital technologies and offer certification to ICT talents. In addition, it carries out the ICT Competitions, with winning teams from several countries in the region.

The company brought the Seeds for the Future program to Colombia in 2014 and has since awarded 1,000 scholarships to students from 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The scholarships cover travel costs to China and include ICT training at Huawei headquarters, with cultural exchanges.

Huawei has also partnered with some 200 universities in the Huawei Academy program and has helped train more than 50,000 students and teachers in recent years.

Teams of students and teachers from the region have won in some of the ICT Competition categories in recent years, including from countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

In addition, Huawei has offered free online courses on 5G, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence, giving access to lectures offered by experienced engineers and speakers.

Such efforts are aligned with its principle of building connectivity and promoting inclusive development, and it seeks to do even more with its partners, the company said.

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