Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, has released its 2016 European Inventory on National Qualifications Frameworks. The latest edition of the document highlights that the benefits and added value of national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) become more visible as those frameworks develop and are implemented.
5,000 to 6,000 graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in paid 4 to 5 month internships in the digital field between 2018 and 2020 under a new pilot project announced by the European Commission.
Lack of knowledge about big data allows personal data to be misused according to a new resolution of the European Parliament on the fundamental rights implications of big data. The resolution, adopted on March 14, also calls for EU Member States to invest further in raising levels of digital literacy, and improving knowledge of digital rights and privacy issues among people in Europe, especially children.
ICT in Education Module Successfully Piloted in Hungary Promoting Interactivity and Creativity for Teachers
ECDL Foundation’s new ICT in Education module has been piloted by the John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT), the ECDL National Operator in Hungary. The module, which was launched at an event in Kigali, Rwanda, in March, provides teachers with the skills they need to effectively use technology in the classroom.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU institution representing civil society, has welcomed the European Commission’s ‘New Skills Agenda for Europe’, and called for more innovation in solutions for education and skills development.
The EU is marking its first European Vocational Skills Week from 5 to 9 December. The week of events in Brussels and across Europe will showcase vocational education and training (VET) initiatives and raise awareness of the VET opportunities that exist.
The John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) has introduced the new ICT in Education module in Hungary. NJSZT is among the first organisations to introduce the ICT in Education module. The new module aims to assist non-ICT teachers in the acquisition of ICT skills and methods that can be used in their own subject areas. Pilot courses held in Budapest and three other towns in Hungary were huge successes. Teachers who participated in the pilot courses said, “We have learnt something that all teachers should be familiar with.”
A new study by the University of Alcalá, an ECDL Accredited Test Centre, has looked into the performance of over 400 people in ECDL testing. The study, which used the anonymised results of 2,351 ECDL tests, was conducted in cooperation with ATI, the Spanish ECDL National Operator. It found that there was no significant difference in performance of candidates based on their gender, but that, in a number of areas, young candidates, up to the age of 26, do worse than those over the age of 45, confirming the fallacy of the ‘digital native’.
The German Government has announced plans for major new investment in digital education. Dubbed the, ‘Digital Pact’, the initiative will see the federal government invest €5 billion into technology for primary schools. While the funding will be national, education policy remains a competence of individual states. Announcing the plan, Johanna Wanka, Germany’s education minister, noted that states will have to, “enforce corresponding educational concepts, the training of teachers and common technical standards.”
EU Publishes Erasmus+ Call for Proposals and Programme Guide with Over €2 Billion in Funding for Education, Training, Youth and Sport Projects
The European Union has published the 2017 Erasmus+ Call for Proposals and Programme Guide. The document details the funding opportunities available under the wide-ranging Erasmus+ programme. Any public or private organisation that is active in the areas of education, training, youth and sport can apply for funding under the programme. Additionally, groups of young people who are active in youth work, but not part of a youth organisation are able to apply for funding to support the learning mobility of young people and youth workers.