COVID-19 and Digital Learning in The Dominican Republic: Implications For Marginalized Communities

Diaz, Katia

With COVID-19 placing a strain on its public institutions, the Dominican Republic is attempting to ensure a streamlined digital education process by extending Digital Republic, a past initiative that provides online frameworks and platforms for its students and teachers. However, already existing issues are exacerbating access to education for vulnerable communities. While past policies included special needs services, the following initiative has yet to provide information on access for disabled students. Low-income students face financial challenges to gain the resources necessary to thrive during remote learning. Likewise, migrants from Haiti and those of Haitian descent continue to be left out of the conversation. The following case study explores the country’s education system, how its policies benefit certain groups and negatively impact others. By conducting in-depth policy analysis and interviews with local officials, the study analyzes the impact of digital learning during the pandemic among vulnerable communities in the country.  


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August 29, 2022