The Central Square Foundation today joined the World Bank, T4 Education and more than 11,000 teachers from India and around the world in calling on governments, the international community and technology companies to work together to ensure that every school in India and the world has reliable internet access and enough devices to integrate educational technology (EdTech) into every classroom to close the 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 including Podar Education, Cambridge Partnership for Education, Scholastic, Lemann Foundation, Save the Children and Owl Ventures.
Press release from the Teacher Tech Summit 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 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
However, its signatories believe that unless governments, the international community, technology companies, innovators and educators reduce access disparities, deploy comprehensive EdTech strategies, involve teachers throughout design processes EdTech, train teachers to use technology effectively to ensure EdTech works to improve learning outcomes and break down barriers for girls using EdTech, we risk seeing these inequalities grow.