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Quito, September 27, 2019

Drafting FIDAL

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Conversation on ethics and STEM was held in Quito

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International speakers were part of the First E-STEM Conversation: Ethics in STEM disciplines for human-centered Artificial Intelligence (AI), organized by FIDAL, International University of La Rioja (UNIR), Cofuturo Foundation and UNESCO Office in Quito.

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Rosalía Arteaga, Executive President of FIDAL, gave the welcoming remarks. He reiterated that teachers should teach ethics in all subjects and explained the importance of applying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational approach in the country's classrooms.

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For his part, the Colombian pedagogue Julián de Zubiría, director of the Merani Institute in Bogotá, gave a keynote talk and mentioned that "education should focus on developing transversal skills to think, communicate and live together in a better way."

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In addition, the academic meeting - held on September 27, 2019 - was attended by Víctor Guedez, president of the Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Consultancy (CERSE), and Rubén González, vice-rector for Academic Planning and Teaching Staff at UNIR.

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In STEM approach, it seeks that students have a holistic thinking, which is why it brings together all its disciplines under a project or idea of ​​global learning, which does not distort, but rather gives it meaning. Arteaga has incorporated Ethics (hence E-STEM) because he believes that it is a discipline that should be in all forms of education.

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Currently, in the FIDAL facilities, several teachers from educational establishments in Quito receive workshops on this approach, such as Project Based Learning (PBL), Use of technology, Class management and Use of scientific tools.