"Everyone should have an equal opportunity to become empowered through ICT."
– UN General Assembly, May 2020
Engage in online discussions on digital inclusion strategies and initiatives
Learn about the best global digital inclusion practices, showcased worldwide, virtually
Contribute to shape the Digital Inclusion Framework of Action
Gain insights from global experts and practitioners in the field
The digital revolution is having a twofold impact on adult learning: it is changing the world of work, and therefore the competences that workers should develop, and it is redesigning the way learning takes place. As the COVID-19 emergency has shown, the increased use of digital technologies risks to further exclude vulnerable citizens from their lifelong learning journeys: to balance this risk and to enjoy the full impact of the digital revolution, it is time to act by fostering digitally inclusive approaches. The Digital Inclusion Summit will shape collectively a framework of action, inspired by good practices across the globe and provide you with the necessary tools and practices in order not to leave anyone behind through digital technologies.
"We urgently need to address the growing digital gender gap and put digital technology to work for those who need it most: the vulnerable, the marginalized, those living in poverty, and people suffering from discrimination of all kinds."
– UN Secretary-General António Guterres, message to the Internet Governance Forum
Digital inclusion is not about hardware or software, it is about leveraging a different mindset, which embraces cultural and cognitive diversity to the fullest, and which is part of a larger digital ecosystem. COVID-19 has shown the amazing potential of digital solutions for lifelong learning and employability, but has also confirmed that an increased use of digital technologies can exclude vulnerable citizens. This event aims, through a marathon of conversations, interactions and networked collaborations, to reach a comprehensive view on this complex issue.
***A limited number of fellowships are available. To receive information, please inquire early.***
A two-day learning event with different learning tracks across the following five themes:
During the learning event participants will be able to know about successful initiatives and to discuss with digital inclusion experts and leaders about the best strategies to make their learning initiatives more inclusive.
A one-day Digital Inclusion Knowledge fair on 9 July to discover global digital inclusion practices.
Participants at the virtual fair will: