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European Commission calls for significant advancement in enabling Digital Skills

May 2, 2023 | EU institutions

Author: Leticia Abarca (AEIDL)

The European Commission has adopted two proposals for a Council Recommendation that aim to enhance digital education and training, ensuring they are of high quality, inclusive, and accessible to all European citizens. These proposals tackle two primary challenges: the absence of a comprehensive government approach to digital education and training, and the difficulties faced in equipping individuals with the necessary digital skills.

The first proposal advocates for a “Council Recommendation on the key factors that enable successful digital education and training.” Its objective is to guarantee universal access to inclusive and high-quality digital education and training. Member States are encouraged to establish a coherent framework encompassing investment, governance, and teacher training. This framework would facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive approach involving all levels of government and multiple stakeholders. The proposal suggests guidelines and actions that Member States can adopt to foster a culture of innovation and digitalisation driven by education and training personnel.

The second proposal addresses the disparities in digital skills among different population segments and the capacity of national education and training systems to bridge these gaps. The “Council Recommendation on improving the provision of digital skills in education and training” calls upon Member States to ensure the coherent integration of digital skills across all education and training levels. It emphasises the need to establish incremental objectives and targeted interventions for specific groups. Additionally, the proposal urges Member States to support high-quality informatics in schools, mainstream the development of digital skills for adults, and address shortages in the information technology field through inclusive strategies.

These proposals align with the European digital rights and principles, particularly the pillar of solidarity and inclusion, which emphasises universal access to the internet and digital skills, leaving no one behind. They also contribute to the objectives outlined in the European Skills Agenda, the European Social Pillar Action Plan, and the 2030 Digital Compass.

To conclude, the Commission’s proposals play a crucial role in advancing digital skills and education in Europe. They offer a clear roadmap for Member States to ensure universal access to digital education and training, as well as improve the provision of digital skills. The Commission’s commitment to promoting and enhancing digital skills among Europeans is a significant achievement of the European Year of Skills, contributing to the objectives of the Digital Decade.

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