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Digital Education Action Plan – Action 10

Proposal for a Council recommendation on improving the provision of digital skills in education and training

Technological progress has raised exponentially the need for digital skills and competences at all levels across the economy and society. Yet, levels of digital skills remain insufficient.

The ambitious targets set as part of the Digital Compass 2030 and in the Council Resolution on a Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training focus on the level of digital skills for different groups of citizens – for example, working professionals, adults or young people.

These initiatives require education and training systems to reinforce efforts to provide digital skills and competences to as many pupils as possible from an earlier age. 

Objectives 

European Union (EU) Member States face common issues related to the level of digital skills of their populations and the ability of their education and training systems to support learners to develop the digital competences they need to live, work and learn.

Improving the provision of digital skills

To empower Europeans to develop basic, intermediate and advanced digital skills through education and training, the European Commission will develop a proposal for a Council Recommendation on improving the provision of digital skills in education and training. 

The initiative will articulate the steps needed to promote digital competence development from an early age and at all stages of education and training. It will include using EU tools to invest in teachers' professional development.

The Recommendation will also encourage the exchange of best practices on instructional methods, including a focus on high-quality informatics at all levels of education, fostering dialogue with civil society and industry on developing good practices, and meeting new and emerging skills needs.

Key activities

  • Joint Research Centre (JRC) report ‘Reviewing Computational Thinking in Compulsory Education’ (published in March 2022)
  • Eurydice study on ’Informatics in School Education’ (September 2022)
  • proposal for a Council Recommendations on improving the provision of digital skills in education and training (Quarter 1 2023)

Expected results

  • propose pathways for the coherent provision of digital skills in education and training
  • create guidance on Informatics as a subject, including its principles, concepts and practices in teaching and learning
  • reach an agreement on a coherent vision and shared terminology related to providing informatics to all students in Europe
  • contribute to the objectives of the digital skills targets of the Digital Compass and the European Education Area by positively influencing the level of digital skills of European citizens, as well as the number of male and female students and learners that will consider a career in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector

Timeline

  • October 2021 - March 2022 – updating the JRC report on computational thinking
  • March - September 2022 – carrying out targeted stakeholder consultations
  • September 2022 – publishing a Eurydice Report on informatics in school education
  • January - March 2023 – proposing a Council Recommendation on improving the provision of digital skills 

Funding

This action is funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.

Get in touch

If you are interested to know more about this action, get in touch with us by email at EAC-DIGITALEDUCATION@ec.europa.eu.

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