The COVID Education Alliance (COVIDEA) was created in response to one of the most important shortfalls in our society laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic: the educational system(s) is/are not fully adapted to the digital transformations nor equipped to respond to external shocks. The purpose of this initiative is to address the shortcomings of the current education systems made evident by the COVID-19 pandemic and to help those systems adapt to the requirements of a rapidly changing world.
By gathering together education and technology experts from all around the world, COVIDEA seeks to provide accessible digital tools and technological options targeted towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
COVIDEA is platform that gathers, “under one roof,” the best digital educational tools, curricula and technological options available to assist education systems and institutions in adapting to the constraints posed by the pandemic. The initiative also seeks to select the options that are best targeted to the achievement of the SDGs by taking into account considerations such as gender and racial bias, inequality and human rights perspectives, among others.
Once identified, these resources should be directed towards processes and initiatives that could potentially have the greatest impact in terms of increasing society’s overall resilience to external shocks and future crises by developing competencies such as adaptability, critical thinking and collaboration, among others.
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The COVIDEA transformative platform aims to make these tools and technological alternatives more accessible within an ethical framework to ensure that they do not undermine the rights to privacy, education and freedom of expression and self-determination of peoples and individuals.
In view of the fact that artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are advancing very rapidly and they could be used to substitute jobs that require repetitive actions, education must be geared to developing competencies beyond those that were required during the industrial age. Now that we are in the digital age, other capabilities have to be developed including critical thinking and analysis to deal with increasingly complex problems in ways that are ethical and beneficial to humanity.