Cape Verde's ambassador in Portugal, Eurico Monteiro, said that the country has "every reason in the world" to bet on this modality
"In the first place, because it is a poor country, with few resources, secondly because Cape Verdeans have a special appetite for studying - almost a third of our population is studying -, thirdly, because our country is a set of islands and fourth, because we are a nation with a big diaspora", said Eurico Monteiro, at the conference "The future of distance education in Portuguese", an initiative of the Open University (UA) in Lisbon.
For the ambassador of Cape Verde in Portugal, distance learning represents the "phenomenon that, from early on, has represented an important example" in order to take advantage of "the potential of knowledge for the benefit of development and the population"
"With remote learning structures, we can increasingly reach the public at a lower cost", he stressed.
Eurico Monteiro mentioned that in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), the States "have a lot to gain with the e-learning cooperation platforms, in the area of higher education, allowing greater access to the population, the diversification of programs and making specialization and excellence easier to get"
"Distance education has played a key role in enhancing the teaching of the Portuguese language, in its promotion and diffusion in the diaspora of our countries, and even at the level of the CPLP countries themselves, such as the African Portuguese Speaking Countries and East Timor", said the ambassador.
At the level of the CPLP, Eurico Monteiro considered that the Portuguese-language remote learning model is the "most efficient way"
Universidade Aberta is already present in Cape Verde and has centers in Santiago, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Santo Antão, Fogo and Sal, according to the ambassador.
"The structures of distance learning are an indispensable solution for the diversification of teaching and the path to innovation", concludes Eurico Monteiro.
The president of Universidade Aberta, Paulo Dias, defended that the future of distance learning is digital and will contribute to bring the Portuguese speakers closer, promoting a "community of value"
Paulo Dias noted that the growth of the Portuguese-speaking community will be accentuated "from 2030, 2040, especially in Africa" and pointed out the need to adopt regulatory mechanisms in Portugal and in other countries.
"Within the scope of the CPLP, only three countries have regulation regarding distance education: Brazil, Cape Verde and Mozambique", and that would be essential to promote quality and "social trust in distance learning", establishing a set of conditions and models of sharing that would allow the development of joint educational offerings.