Nieves Segovia, at the 2nd SDG Observatory: “We have to ask ourselves what the true purpose of education is”

Nieves Segovia, president of SEK Education Group, took part in the 2nd SDG Observatory organised by El Español at the La Caixa Foundation, which has included, once again, a series of conferences and round table discussions aimed at determining the level of compliance of the 17 objectives that make up the 2030 Agenda promoted by the UN.

In the debate on ‘the State pact education in Spain’ Nieves Segovia highlighted how technology has enabled the true concept of education and the true role of teachers to come to the fore. “We are faced with the risk of a digital divide, but we also have the opportunity to close it. This will be possible if we are all capable of incorporating these tools that are able to enhance intrinsically human attributes in an intelligent way”, she stated.

Segovia pointed out that “Educational systems must also ask themselves what the ultimate purpose of education is. And if it is the humanisation of people, we have to think about what those attributes are that we cannot outsource to technology and start working on them.” In this way, she pointed out the need for collective reflection and social engagement. “We have the necessary elements, we just need to want to do it,” she confirmed.

The president of SEK Education Group took part in this conversation with Andrés Conde, executive director of Save the Children, who recalled that Spain has a chronic problem regarding its early dropout rate. He emphasised socioeconomic segregation and overcrowding in certain schools, which is detrimental to children’s education and leads to high teacher turnover. He proposed establishing an early warning system that collects data and analyses the risk of dropping out with free reinforcement for vulnerable students, a teacher training plan in managing heterogeneity in the classroom and a plan against school segregation.

Furthermore, José Manuel Pérez Tornero, head of the UNESCO Media Literacy programme, said that the social elevator is broken and that hope and respect are necessary to escape poverty. He also advocated for greater critical thinking and more philosophy.

The SDG Observatory brought together, once again, a series of conferences aimed at determining the level of compliance with the 17 objectives that make up the 2030 Agenda promoted by the UN.

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