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CDE campaign | "Stories of learning that transforms societies"

20.02.2024 | Autora: Soledad Magnone


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CDE is a global collaborative campaign raising awareness and generating conversation around the right to a quality education in the digital age. Coordinated by the JAAKLAC initiative, the campaign connected digital rights activists, educators, young people and artists through workshops, blogs and podcasts. The outcomes were expanded composing a social media campaign with key allies from around the world and in coalition with RightsCon. The campaign convened more than 12 organisations and youth. We hope to inspire different actors in efforts to bridge gaps between digital rights and education.

The story of the CDE campaign begins with a rejected RightsCon session proposal. Opportunities emerged when part of JAAKLAC’s collaborators was selected by the event’s Community Support Fund to travel to Costa Rica. Taking part in-person was very special: we were meeting with most collaborators and allies for the first time. Thus, we gathered to share some food, experiences and visions around digital education and social justice. The original session was adapted into a series of conversations within JAAKLAC’s booth at the RightsCon Community Village.

We are LIVE!

The campaign’s process was based on JAAKLAC’s CDE practices, hybrid (coordinated online and offline self-organised), building upon dialogic education and Participatory Action Research. In this instance, we organised workshops, blogs, podcasts and social media campaigns. These represented opportunities for collective Research, Education and Advocacy promoting critical thinking, human rights and participation in relation to digital technologies.

Research [July-August] JAAKLAC’s RightsCon booth: “Dialogues & Encounters: Critical Digital Education”. Four tables with different co-hosts taking notes around the overarching questions: Why is education important? Which are the advances and shortcomings of teaching with and about digital technologies? How can the United Nations’ Convention of the Rights of the Child foster a comprehensive digital education? Who can advocate for a critical digital education for all?

Education [August-September] Regular online meetings to calibrate the roadmap of activities and exchange resources, interests and ideas. Writing blogs building upon the Dialogues & Encounters’ notes and elaborating on new topics. Digital education is teaching with and about digital technologies. In this process we identified gaps in formal digital education and recognised the instrumental value of advocacy’s non formal education to foster open and free democracies.

Advocacy [October-November] Recording podcasts to dive and expand topics in conversation with, educators, activists and especially including youth and adolescents. Creating the campaign’s aesthetic, strategy and motto. We launched the campaign in English and Spanish with RightsCon and partner organisations. Social media content creators and musicians were included to facilitate more local social, political and cultural ambiance for the campaign. We openly shared a Communication Kit inviting further organisations to be part of the dialogue and publish their resources, experiences and visions.

Do It Together!

We will iterate the campaign with resources and activities in the Portuguese language. We will also invite partners from regions outside Latin America. CDE is seeking for allies with different backgrounds to fund, bolster and rethink the campaign