Social enterprise Edukasyon.ph has joined hands with ASSIST Asia for the Digital Strategies for Development Summit (DSDS) to be held on October 2-3 at the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines. “Technology has rapidly transformed the way education is brought to students today. From their selection of what schools to enrol at, to the taking of online classes, technology has improved the way students can gain access to education,” said Edukasyon.ph Chief Executive Officer Ms. Linartes Viloria.
Edukasyon.ph is a social enterprise that promotes access to information on education for high school students. It was founded by Henry Motte-Muñoz, a graduate of the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School. The site helps students find scholarships that can help finance their education.
“We are pleased to partner with ASSIST Asia for the Digital Strategies for Development Summit. Development initiatives have gained greater ground with the use of technology in creating sustainable solutions for communities – particularly in the field of education,” Viloria added.
Edukasyon.ph offers free information at its website www.edukasyon.ph, on college and tech-voc courses and scholarships that students can avail on after high school.
“These are exciting times for education with technology providing more online delivery channels of information enabling more students to get the education they deserve. From online classes to an online menu of universities, colleges and training institutions we are seeing a reduction of geographic and economic barriers to access to education,” said Viloria.
A Social Enabler
Technology as a social enabler has been proven to mobilize people in the pursuit of developmental advocacies and initiatives. At the Digital Strategies for Development Summit, more DSDS acknowledges the importance of creating relevant strategies for development and use these tools for the good of the people; and seeks to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders to debate, discuss, and deliver solutions related to technological strategies and development.
“Digital technology may not be the ultimate and only answer; it can nevertheless make the work of development pioneers and thought leaders more efficient. It is through technological strategies that we can greatly enhance progress with a people-centred, innovative, inclusive and responsive development,” said Sreenivas Narayanan, Managing Director of ASSIST.
The event aims to maximize the potential benefits that digital technology provides in making enduring ventures to create sustainable projects for a better society. Discussions will be focused on increasing the awareness of people with digital strategies and innovations. Problems associated with the development of digital technologies that include issues on intelligence and security, governance, and sustainability will also be tackled.
In exploring new media, its enabling conduits, and technology as a catalyst for inclusive growth, it aims to create a convergence point among stakeholders on cross-cutting themes and make the conference a starting point for a series of interventions over the coming years. It will leverage the opportunities and capacities that modern technology offers in the field of development and community-building.
The plenaries will zero in on matters on technology, governance, youth, education and employment, disaster management, and health. On the youth, education and employment session, innovations such as mEducation, PeaceTech Knowledge Platform and SMS Story will be explored. Health sessions will be composed of dialogue on Real-Time Community Health Information Tracking System (rCHITS), Blood Donors Network, Mobile Health (MOTECH), Tech for PWDs, and Senior Citizen Home Safety Association. The talk on disaster management will be about Aidmatrix, Davao City 911, Marikina 131 and Relief Asia.
The conference is organised by ASSIST, an international organisation which focuses on capacity-building of different organisations across Asia and Africa; in collaboration with AIM in Makati, the League of Government Associations, the Philippines’ Department of Interior Local Government, Civika and AsianNGO. For more information on the summit and to get on contact with the organizers visit their website at www.dsds.org.ph.