The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado, took the floor today during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Koumbou Boly Barry, in the framework of the 50th session of the Human Rights Council.
Ambassador Cornado underlined that Italy set the promotion of the digital education, together with the reduction of the digital divide, including the gender digital divide, among the priorities of its Presidency of the G20 last year.
As it is highlighted in his statement, while digital education cannot replace face-to-face education, the introduction and use of digital technology in a learner-focused and age-appropriate way can improve the availability and the accessibility of quality education for all.
“A key component of the right to education is the human rights education”, Ambassador Cornado said, reminding that, as member of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, Italy is committed to advancing the human rights education agenda, at national and international level, also in line with the 2030 Agenda and particularly with the Sustainable Development Goal nr. 4.
In this regard, he mentioned the adoption last year of the fifth “National Plan of Action and Interventions for the Protection of the Rights and Development of Persons of Developmental Age”, which includes provisions aiming at promoting and encouraging the knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including through the important role of teachers and educators.
The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations therefore has invited all Member States to review progress in the national implementation of human rights education and training, by submitting to the OHCHR their mid-term reports on the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.
Read the full statement here.