This session focused on innovation in digital online/offline education to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable youth in the digital era. The discussion focused on the relevance of cultural literacy in preparing such programmes, to make online/offline education relevant to each place.
The objective of the session was to discuss how culturally aware online/offline education can challenge social norms and stereotypes, strengthen critical thinking skills and contribute to peace-building, inter-religious dialogue and mutual understanding.
Several initiatives were presented for discussion: the East Africa based Digital Innovation and Skills Hub (DISH), the ICC TFV approach to Peace Education, the ACP-EU Culture programme on cultural and creative approaches to the socio-economic development of ACP countries. Skill-building focuses on a combination of Computer Science, Health, Mental Health, Law and Customary Law, Peace-Building and Communication, Education and Business Administration. The curricula are developed with cultural awareness.
Panellists presented diverse programmes designed to build up the resilience of vulnerable youth through e-learning initiatives. Emphasis was put on the need to work together and to build a solid structure and strategy. Participants were particularly moved by a video presentation of the DISH project in Tigray, a region which has no access to electricity or internet due to the ongoing siege. The video described in detail how the innovative DISH learning management system is enabling vulnerable young people in Tigray, primarily women, to participate in offline e-learning courses at their own pace and in their mother tongue, highlighting the importance of providing education during conflict.