The 17 of January 2018, the European Commission has launched the Digital Education Action Plan in order to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens. This Action Plan arrived after European Heads of State and Government discussed on education, training and culture at the Gothenburg Summit in November 2017. The Summit took place with the intent to reduce of the socio-economic inequalities, which still represent a tangible reality.

Through the European cooperation between EU Member States, the exchange of good practices and the peer learning, it can be increased the efficiency of the education and training systems. Adopting innovative practices in the field of education means empowering and connecting educators, critical and smart use of digital technology, making the classroom more digital, opening up education systems, closing the gender gap through digital and entrepreneurship education and so on. All these types of actions have a huge impact in the sectors of Higher Education, Adult Education, School Education and Vocational Education and Training, where European Digital Learning Network is fully committed.

Therefore, the European Commission wants to work towards the following priorities:

  1. Make better use of digital technology for teaching and learning;
  2. Develop digital competences and skills needed for living and working in an age of digital transformation;
  3. Improve education through better data analysis and foresight.

Reflecting on those priorities and considering that the 90% of future jobs will require digital skills, the 44% of European citizens has no received the right education on digital skills, more than 48,000 schools lack broadband connection and the digital wellbeing is threatened by cyber bullying and data privacy issues, the Digital Education Action Plan is a great way to start the 2018 and work on making the change happen!

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