The European Commission has called on Member States to “ensure universal access to inclusive and high-quality digital education and training” and tackle digital skills gaps between different demographic groups in two new proposals announced on 18 April 2023. The proposals are being made in the context of the European Year of Skills, which runs through the rest of 2023 and into early 2024.
The first proposal, for a ‘Council Recommendation on the key enabling factors for successful digital education and training’, includes calls for an investment, governance and teacher training framework for digital education and makes suggestions to Member State governments on how they can achieve these goals.
The second proposal, for a ‘Council Recommendation on improving the provision of digital skills in education and training’, calls for digital skills to be included at all levels of education and training, with high-quality computing education in schools, initiatives for upskilling adults, and measures to increase the number of people entering ICT professions.
Both proposals will be backed by best practice sharing between Member States and stakeholders and via other initiatives such as the European Digital Education Hub and funding programmes.
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.