SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, September 21, 2023— Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte calls for reshaping of education and embracing of new technologies to improve current education landscapes across the globe in her keynote speech during the 2023 Global Education and Innovation Summit (GEIS) on Thursday.

“We now live in an era where undeniably, technology must be harnessed to improve access, quality and equality in education. And the advent of artificial intelligence will certainly create another paradigm shift in education. While this possibility will present newer and greater opportunities, it will also present many uncertainties in our vision of digital education,” Vice President and Secretary Duterte said.

VP-Sec Sara, who is also the current Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council President, acknowledged the impending shift of technology once again as Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes surface. She then proposed three (3) points to ensure that technology remains to be an effective weapon to aid education.

Duterte first highlighted that critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity should be considered before using technology.

She then emphasized the need to be responsive to the effects of technology on educational systems wherein ministers should closely monitor these technologies and provide adequate steps for its continuing improvement.

Lastly, she stressed that adaptability and sustainability of new technology in education systems must be studied by the end users before implementation to ensure that these technologies can be of utmost benefit to their stakeholders.

“I believe this is the reason why we are all gathered here today. Let us take this opportunity to reshape education in our respective countries in order to provide our learners the all-important opportunity of reaching their full potential,” she added.

The GEIS is spearheaded by the Korean Ministry of Education in efforts to convene education ministers across the globe to discuss and collaborate on the innovations, best practices, and adaptability of the countries in terms of education.