BY Victoria Ogunrinde
As the world celebrates the International Day of Education, the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has called for digital inclusion of marginalized communities in Africa.
The United Nations General Assembly in recognition of the importance of education as well as the need to ensure everyone has equitable quality education at all levels and access to lifelong learning opportunities that will help them acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to access opportunities, participate fully and contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development of society has set aside every January 24th .
According to a statement by PIN on Sunday, the group while lamenting the effects of COVID-19 on education noted that the answer to resolving the negative impact of the pandemic on education includes access to the internet and technology.
PIN further urges States to enhance access to education by removing technological barriers and investing in digital infrastructure.
”PIN calls for the African States to adhere to Principle 37 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ Declaration Of Principles On Freedom Of Expression And Access To Information In Africa by adopting laws, policies, and other measures to promote affordable access to the internet for children that equip them with digital literacy skills for online education and safety,” the statement reads.
The statement reads, ”PIN reminds all African States that education is a fundamental right that enables the enjoyment of other rights such as human dignity, health, and labour. As such, ensuring access to education for all is most pertinent.
”As PIN commemorates this day, it continues to bridge the digital divide through its Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship (LIFE) training program for underserved youths.”
The 2021 International Day of Education is themed ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’.