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The Second Edition of the World Digital Education Conference Took Place in Shanghai

The World Digital Education Conference in Shanghai (January 29-30, 2024) focused on “Application, sharing, and innovation.” Debates covered digital tools in education and building learning cities to foster active citizenship and prosperity. Over 240 representatives from 35 countries participated. China’s Vice Minister of Education, Wu Yan, highlighted China’s strategy for promoting lifelong learning and smart cities.



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The second edition of the World Digital Education Conference has just been held in the Chinese city of Shanghai in China from January 29th to 30, 2024 under the theme: “Application, sharing and innovation.” Its program was very rich and varied and made it possible to address theoretical and practical questions relating to the construction of a learning society.

The debates focused on the development of the use of digital tools in education, the steps necessary to transform cities into learning cities, as well as communities that encourage active citizenship and promote economic and cultural prosperity.

More than 240 representatives of education, universities and research institutes from 35 countries and regions participated at the World Digital Education Conference

The Chinese Vice Minister of Education, Wu Yan, presented on the occasion of the digital education conference the strategy adopted by his country to promote “the learning society” and establish the concept of learning cities. He then addressed the progress of this learning cities project led by the Ministry of Education, recalling that investments in the education sector have been significantly increased, not only in terms of infrastructure but also in terms of educational materials. and that teaching methods have been revised and improved through positive policies to promote “the learning society”.

Mr. Wu Yan pointed out that China has established a legal framework to promote lifelong learning, launched the establishment of educational organizations, supported online learning through its “smart city” program, and worked to create a culture of lifelong learning.

Within the same framework of the digital education strategy for building a learning society, the country is establishing a digital foundation and building a national education platform.

It was recalled, in this context, that Shanghai became China’s first learning city in 1999 and that the country has since that time focused on the creation of learning cities. This has enabled it to now have more than 100 learning cities.

China is willing to share solutions, experiences and actions on this issue to strengthen international cooperation with governments and international organizations in the field of building a learning society to jointly build a digital education community dynamic on a global scale.

This 2nd world conference on digital education published in this context the “Report on the development of the construction of a learning society in China in the digitalization process”

The report introduces China’s recent cases and experiences in promoting digital empowerment for building a learning society. It highlighted issues such as the accelerating iteration of digital technology, the persistence of the digital divide, insufficient sharing of resources, network security and privacy protection.

The report offered recommendations for countries to work together to create lifelong learning environments and collaborated on resource sharing mechanisms and exchanges, with a view to establishing a truly global network learning cities and create synergies between national and international initiatives.

Overall, the conference created momentum to accelerate and sustain the practice of lifelong learning in communities across the planet through the establishment of a global network of learning cities, in order to transform cities into more inclusive and sustainable communities.

What emerged clearly from the digital education conference was that lifelong learning represents a crucial strategic response to urban socio-economic challenges.

However, there is still a long way to go before fully operationalizing the vision of “lifelong learning for all for building smart cities,” despite the efforts of governments and international organizations.


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