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Home > Arhiva > 2023 > Numar: 1 > Challenges to the Inclusion of Vulnerable Social Groups in Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Society

 Challenges to the Inclusion of Vulnerable Social Groups in Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Society

  • Paolo Ammaturo (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
  • Carlo Ammaturo (Pegaso International, Malta)
  • Maria Bruna Letizia Fallucca (Pegaso International, Malta )
  • Paolo Aiello (Pegaso International, Malta)

The use of digital technology in the pandemic period has highlighted the condition of social inequality that generates exclusion and fragmentation. The social groups most penalized are those who are in conditions of vulnerability and fragility at various levels. The digital divide, which seemed to be mainly linked to the lack of skills, technological tools and access to the Internet, turned out to be a socio-economic and cultural gap. The most disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups were the disabled, families in precarious socio-economic conditions, migrants, war refugees, minors. The resolution of social problems starts with respect for human rights with particular attention to people who belong to the social groups most at risk. Despite the rapid response to the pandemic emergency in the socio-educational environment, it was not possible to guarantee equal and inclusive participation to all. However, the technological implementations have allowed the realization of the didactic activity while highlighting the inhomogeneity present in the social substratum. If on the one hand digital technology proves to be an exceptional tool for the social participation of the wealthiest social classes, on the other there are systemic limits that prevent its full use. The need arises to guarantee everyone the right to education and training, fundamental elements for the cultural, personal and professional development of the new generations. Digital literacy and infrastructural optimization are key factors for the development of an equitable and inclusive society.

Keywords: Digital divide, education, inclusion, human rights, vulnerability