And reaching farther out
This has implications for one issue which is very close to our heart: equity. Our online programmes will increase our capacity to reach students who are unable to travel to Barcelona (including students from low- and middle-income countries) because of the cost, or for professional or family reasons. In addition, this is an opportunity to explore new ways of engaging our learning community in a more active, participative and collaborative environment. We seek to include transformative learning approaches to promote changes in attitudes and practices, which in turn help “decolonise” global health education and restore a more equitable dynamic between high-income countries and low- and medium-income countries. However, this must be done while considering existing barriers in access to the equipment and reliable internet connections required for some of these teaching and learning activities.
“Now, more than ever, we are learning from each other in a collaborative way,” says Nuria Casamitjana, director of Education and Training. At a moment when positive messages can be hard to come by, let us keep in mind that good things will also come out of this crisis.