Education and the Digital Divide

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In this edition of Canning House's Sustainable Development series, we consider how overcoming the challenges presented by Latin America's education and digital gaps could open new opportunities for the region.

Sustainable Development

Education and the Digital Divide

in partnership with CAF - Development Bank of Latin America

Around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many to rapidly adopt a more digital existence – encompassing communication, commerce, work, and other aspects of life.

Education has been among the most profoundly affected areas, as classes have moved online to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, across large swathes of Latin America, many remain unable to adapt to this new digital paradigm, disconnected due to poor infrastructure, lack of equipment sufficient enough to ensure a quality “virtual” education, or simply a lack of access to the internet.

These effects have compounded with Latin America’s pre-existing education gap, broadly mirroring lines of economic inequality, creating what the World Bank has called an “education crisis” in the region which has seen millions of children losing almost a full academic year of in-school education.

In this event, Canning House welcomes a panel of experts to examine challenges around education and digital access in Latin America, consider innovative ways to overcome them, and what achieving digital and educational equalities would mean for opportunity and sustainable development in the region.


Cristina Cortes

CEO, Canning House

Ximena Durán

CAF’s Representative in Europe

Dinorah Singer

Education Agenda Lead, CAF

Chair: José Otero

Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean, 5G Americas

Emanuela di Gropello

Education Practice Lead, Latin America & Caribbean, World Bank

Mauricio Agudelo

Digital Agenda Lead, CAF


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