Diversity, social transformation and education, keys to ICT inclusion [Hangout]

The gaps in access and appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICT) are one of the outstanding issues on the national agenda. To be able to access devices, the Internet; Knowing how to use and take advantage of these tools for educational, employment, wellness and entertainment issues are challenges throughout the country. But the challenge is greater when you think of diverse communities, and we are not talking only about gender.

Diversity encompasses different types of communities, such as older people, those with cognitive, physical, auditory, visual, and sensory disabilities; Indigenous, Afro-descendant or LGBTI communities, just to name a few. It is not a secret that while technology brings great opportunities, it must also be borne in mind that it can widen inequality gaps.

Although they are identified as minority populations, according to the World Health Organization, in the world there are more than 100 million people with disabilities. They are the largest minority in the world, 15% of the world's population, and they are ignored in many cases. In Colombia alone, according to the 2019 National Quality of Life Survey, there were 508.635 people with hearing disability, which represented a growth of 5,3% compared to 2018.  

How to achieve an ICT inclusion of this and other populations? In 2019, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) warned that the impact of technology on the development of societies is a matter of choice. What is the impact it is generating in Colombia? What must we take into account to create inclusive content? To learn more about this topic, challenges and opportunities, and precisely ensure that technology and innovation are engines of social inclusion, join us in this hangout:

  • Helga Hernandez: Director of Appropriation of the ICT Ministry. He is an economist, with a Master's degree in Analysis of international political and economic problems. He has more than 12 years of experience in planning, structuring and implementation of projects and public policies in entities such as the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology (formerly Colciencias), the National Planning Department, Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of National Defense, among others. He served as vice president of Planning and Projects of the National Tourism Fund (Fontur).

One of the main commitments of the Director of ICT Appropriation is to strengthen actions to promote the responsible use of ICT and the development of skills in digital environments for all Colombians, especially for children, adolescents, people with disabilities, adults elderly and women. 

  • Alejandro Marquez Ramirez: Leader of the processes of production and adaptation of accessible educational content for the deaf population at the National Institute for the Deaf, Insor. He is a mathematical educator, with experience as a teacher and researcher in the field of bilingual bicultural education for deaf people.
  • Juan Camilo Celemín: Coordinator of Education and Training of the Saldarriaga Concha Foundation. He is a speech therapist, master's degree in Disability and Social Inclusion from the National University, and a candidate for a Master's degree in education from the Universidad de los Andes; and also has experience in university teaching and research on social inclusion issues.