Telecommunications have been a key element to transmit the information of the covid-19 during the health crisis, as indicated by Henry Carvajal, research professor of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of the Americas (UDLA).
He adds that one of the objectives of World Telecommunication Day , celebrated on May 17, is to increase awareness of the use of the internet in order to reduce digital gaps.
He believes that telecommunications networks have had a significant impact during the pandemic, because through them, the authorities transmit information about what is happening.
“If there had not been telecommunications (remote communication) things were even more complex and the distance between people could not have been maintained without stopping being informed and continuing to work.”
It also recognizes that despite the fact that there are more and more cell lines, not all of them are able to access the internet, especially in the rural and marginal urban sectors .
“The mere fact of not having information already makes me more vulnerable and enlarges this gap that prevents all people from accessing education, which is a promoter of the economic and social development of a country.”
For this reason, he believes it is necessary to establish public policies that guarantee access to technology in all sectors through certain incentives for telephone companies so that they, in turn, reach places where there is no connectivity.
“It is a commitment to give and receive with the sole purpose of benefiting those who do not have access to technology.”
President Lenín Moreno through Twitter specified that digital health tools allowed to care for 2 million Ecuadorians in the emergency.
He also highlighted the implementation of the covid-19 platform as a geolocator that allows decisions to be made according to heat maps. He said that more than 592,000 students from the Sierra and Amazon (from a universe of almost 1.9 million) are trained virtually.
For the teacher of basic education Rosario Andrade, the lack of access to the internet currently limits the teaching of students in basic, middle and high school education, especially in the fiscal area.
“I have students who have 3 or more siblings and only one cell phone for everyone and so they cannot learn.” It also recognizes that personally it was not coupled with an adequate management of technology.
Between January and October 2019, 2,010 teachers of the tax system were trained in digital tools. In the face of the emergency and priority of virtual education, the Ministry of Education and the Central University of Ecuador have been teaching this month my teacher’s self – learning online course.
The course aims to develop virtual didactic skills and competences for the management of better learning and includes the use of tools to guide and accompany students at home.
The United Nations Organization established the Connect 2030 program that relies on ICTs, globally, to achieve the objectives of sustainable development.
Yellow curfew will be from 21:00 to 05:00
As of May 20, the curfew for the cities in yellow traffic lights will be in effect from 21:00 to 05:00. For those in green, this will be from 00:00 to 05:00 ; while for the localities in red, the schedule is still under analysis.
This was reported by Minister María Paula Romo yesterday afternoon on her Twitter account.
The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) also decided to implement new rules for compatriots who reschedule from abroad. This was after the arrival of two covid-19 positive travelers from New York , who abandoned their hospitalization in the USA.
Now to travel to Ecuador it will be mandatory to present the result of the PCR test that certifies that the passenger gave a negative. The same must be done maximum 72 hours before boarding. This provision will be implemented from Thursday at midnight. (I)