HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 14 (ACN) Officials from Cuba and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a virtual meeting on distance education, Cubaminrex reported Wednesday.
The meeting is a clear result of the possibilities of collaboration with the new World Education Coalition-COVID 19, an initiative launched by Audrey Azoulay, General Director of UNESCO, with the aim of supporting the Member States in facing the consequences of the pandemic in education.
Cuban representatives underlined in the event the importance of distance education as an alternative to ensure the continuity of the teaching process, and explained the strategy developed by Cuba in face of the temporary suspension of the school year.
They also informed about the effects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, which constitutes the main obstacle for the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Caribbean country.
For its part, the UNESCO team confirmed the interest in cooperating with Cuba for the implementation of innovative solutions in distance education, optimizing the opportunities offered by ICTs.
The UN specialized agency was represented at the meeting by Borhene Chakroun, director of the Division for Policies and Systems for Lifelong Learning, and head of the aforementioned Coalition in the Organization.
Yahima Esquivel, ambassador and permanent representative of Cuba to UNESCO; Ivan Barreto, director of the Informatics and Audiovisual Media Company; Fernando Ortega, director of Educational Technology of the Ministry of Education, and officials from the Ministry of Communications and the Cuban National Commission of UNESCO were present on the Cuban side.