UNESCO IITE Celebrates Inaugural International Day of Digital Learning

Promoting Innovation in Education Technology and Bridging the Digital Divide

March 19, 2024 marks a historic moment as the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education joins the global community in commemorating the first-ever International Day of Digital Learning. As the world celebrates the transformative potential of technology in education, UNESCO IITE reaffirms its commitment to advancing innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide and promote inclusive education for all.

Recognizing the importance of digital learning, at 2023 UNESCO General Conference UNESCO Member States designated 19 March International Day for Digital Learning and which was celebrated for the first time in 2024.

Today we mark the first-ever International Day for #DigitalLearning, an important reminder of technology’s potential to expand access, enhance learning outcomes, and combat inequalities in and through education. At the same time, it’s a moment for us to think critically about how we ensure that the use of technology in education is centered on learners

Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

Aligned with the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO IITE has charted its strategic priorities to meet the evolving challenges of the digital age. With a mission to promote digital learning and the innovative use of ICT in education, IITE serves as a facilitator for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) through ICT-enabled solutions and best practices.

No screen can ever replace a teacher. However, when applied properly, technology can complement  and  enhance  the  work  of  educators.  To  ensure  that  technology  improves  learning outcomes and reduces inequalities, we must actively steer the digital revolution in education, on our own terms.

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Building digital competencies and fostering digital citizenship are imperative in today’s interconnected world. Students and educators alike must be equipped with the necessary skills to navigate digital technologies effectively. However, millions still lack the resources and support needed to develop these competencies, leaving them at risk of being left behind.

In conjunction with the International Day of Digital Learning, UNESCO is also proud to announce the launch of 2nd Digital Learning Week, scheduled for September 2-6, 2024 in Paris. This week-long event will serve as a platform for stakeholders from around the world to engage in discussions, share best practices, and explore innovative approaches to digital education.

I look forward to continuing this conversation all the way to our annual Digital Learning Week, which will take place from 2 to 6 September in Paris. Let’s reaffirm our commitment to steering the digital transformation of education around learners’ needs.

Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

As the world celebrates the International Day of Digital Learning, UNESCO and UNESCO IITE are as ever committed to promoting innovation in education technology. Through collaborative efforts and strategic initiatives, UNESCO IITE remains dedicated to ensuring that every learner has access to quality education enabled by digital technologies.