The Balkan Regional ECDL Forum took place in Belgrade on 10 November, bringing together ECDL National Operators from the Balkan region, representatives of Serbian Accredited Test Centres, ECDL Foundation, and representatives of the governments of Montenegro and Serbia.
The latest edition of the Erasmus+ Call and Programme Guide has been published by the European Commission. €2.7 billion is available to fund education, training, youth and sport projects, and the guide offers detailed information on how to apply.
Carnegie UK Trust Report Argues Young People Lack Digital Skills, Too Often Seen as ‘Digital Natives’
A new report from Carnegie UK Trust argues that many young people lack basic digital skills that are essential to succeed in our digital world. The ‘A Digital World for All?’ report considers the problem of digital exclusion, and the risky assumption that all young people are digitally literate. It goes on to make recommendations for measures to build the skills of young people and tackle the challenge.
A new factsheet on digital skills gaps in Europe has been published by the European Commission. The factsheet, which summarises existing data on the topic, highlights that, although 9 in 10 jobs in the future will demand digital skills, 44% of Europeans are still lacking even basic digital skills.
The European Commission has launched a consultation on fake news, to identify how people in Europe’s perceptions and concerns about fake news. Alongside the consultation, the Commission has also brought together experts on the topic in a High-Level Expert Group. The results of the work of both are expected to be presented in early 2018.
A new report from the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has highlighted the need to develop the digital skills of people in disadvantaged groups around the world. The, ‘Digital Skills for Life and Work’ report by the Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Education, looks at how to develop and define digital skills beyond formal education curricula.
The EU and six Eastern Partnership countries affirmed their commitment to the digital economy at a meeting in Tallinn, Estonia on 5 October. The Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting, organised by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, resulted in a commitment to deepen cooperation on digital economy issues between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries in a number of areas.
The 5th annual European Cyber Security Month took place in October, with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of cyber security for all. The initiative brings together organisations from across Europe, and beyond.
ECDL Foundation participated in dlearn’s annual conference in Brussels on 19 October. dlearn, the European Digital Learning Network, used the conference to discuss the opportunities and developments for education in a fast-growing digital era, and presented a draft edition of a new survey on the future of digital education and training in Europe.
The European Commission launched the second edition of its European Digital Skills Awards in early September. The awards will highlight projects to raise digital skills in five categories: citizens, workers, ICT professionals, education, and projects addressing the needs of women and girls.