A new report on 'education in the digital era' has been adopted by the European Parliament at its session in Strasbourg this week. The report highlights that digital skills need to be acquired throughout life and in different ways and calls for measures to help close the digital skills gap, including supporting increased funding under programmes in the EU's next multi-year budget.
A pilot project to use ECDL to enhance the digital skills of secondary school students in Bratislava has been launched by SSCS, which is responsible for ECDL in Slovakia, and the city government. The project is being funded solely by the regional government’s budget and will allow students to take ECDL free of charge.
140 public schools in the Republic of Kosovo have received a grant from the World Bank to improve the digital competences of public-school teachers in using technology in the classroom. ECDL Kosova, the local ECDL National Operator has been selected to offer ECDL training and certification to a number of these schools.
A new agreement to deliver ECDL to 1,050 candidates in Warsaw has been signed by ECDL Poland. The project, which is financed by the EU, will see the candidates trained and tested to the ECDL DigComp Profile. This Profile was developed by ECDL Poland as a set of 6 ECDL modules that cover the EU’s DigComp framework for digital competences. The project will be delivered in November and December 2018.
The ‘Computer Competences Certificate – Basic Level’ (CCCBL) has been included in Poland’s Integrated Qualification System at proficiency level two. CCCBL, which was created by the Polish Information Processing Society, the ECDL National Operator in the country, is a generalised version of ECDL Base. Its creation means that candidates acquiring ECDL Base Profile certificates in Poland are also able to receive a CCCBL certificate that is recognised in the official qualification system.
An ECDL Regional Conference and Forum with the theme, ‘from digital literacy to digital competence’ was held on 18 October 2018 in Priština, Kosovo. The opening speech was given by the Chairman of ECDL Foundation, Tony Franke. The conference and forum were organised in four sessions.
The Austrian Computer Society (OCG) launched the new ECDL Computing module earlier this year. Alongside the introduction of this module, OCG has embarked on a major cooperation on coding with the Ministry of Education. As a result, every teacher in Austria can take ECDL Computing training workshops offered by OCG, and have the opportunity to pass the exam. The costs are paid by the Austrian Ministry of Education.
Hungarian ECDL National Operator, NJSZT, has implemented an Accredited Teacher education programme, under an EU Call for Proposals. The programme helps teachers to become familiar with the use of digital technologies in public education through 30 hours of training based on the ECDL syllabus. Teachers can also follow the ECDL ICT in Education module through distance education.
The latest edition of the International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) has been published by the European Commission, showing countries’ performance in a number of areas, including digital skills. The report ranks EU and non-EU countries. South Korea tops the index overall, followed by the top-four performing EU Member States.
A €15 billion investment plan to fund training courses for up to 2 million people has been announced by the French Government. The Plan Investissement Compétences (PIC) will run until 2022.