Within the framework of the “Rural and Inclusive Digital Education” project, coordinated by the Ceibal Foundation, a mission was carried out in Honduras between May 4 and 6 to hold a workshop and get to know one of the local communities that participate in this project. The mission was made up of Florencia Ripani, Director of Ceibal Foundation, and Maria Eugenia Alonso, Pedagogical Coordinator of the project.
On May 4 and 5, the “Innovation Analysis and Prototype Design Workshop” was held with the aim of generating a participatory space with leaders and stakeholders of the Honduran educational community, to promote the design and scaling of distance and blended learning strategies on tested innovations in Latin America and other regions of the world. Marissela Figueroa, Vice Minister of Public Education of Honduras, participated in the opening remarks.
The workshop analyzed two innovations tested in the region: Learn at Home (Mexico) and Ceibal at Home (Uruguay); they also presented innovations in digital content production implemented by the London BBC, with the aim of evaluating the possibility of scaling and adapting these experiences.
Officials and technical teams from Ceibal Foundation, the Honduran Ministry of Education and the Francisco Morazan National Pedagogical University of Honduras (UPNFM) participated, as well as representatives of rural communities, content-producing organizations (audiovisual and radio) and other actors in the country’s education sector.
After the workshop, Ripani and Alonso, accompanied by the project’s National Coordinator for Honduras, German Moncada, visited rural communities in the Municipality of Yamaranguila, identified as a possible place to implement some of the project’s findings on the production of participatory content for rural communities. During the visit, they met with school coordinators, directors and teachers, as well as families. They also toured some schools and contact was maintained with members of those communities.
The “Rural and Inclusive Digital Education” project seeks to generate strategies that may be useful to strengthen education in rural areas of Honduras, promoting equity and inclusion through the effective use of digital technologies and their adaptations to various contexts. It is coordinated by the Ceibal Foundation of Uruguay with support from UPNFM for its implementation. In turn, it counts on the support of the UNESCO San Jose Office as a collaborating institution, and the Ministry Public Education of Mexico as a strategic partner. This project is part of the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) program, an initiative jointly funded by the Global Partnership for Education and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC Canada).