Minister of Education Affirms Importance of e-Skills in the Curriculum at ECDL Foundation Digital Agenda for Europe Round Table – Kosovo
8 November 2011
Participants of the Digital Agenda for Europe round table organised in Kosovo by ECDL Foundation, under the patronage of European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, welcomed the European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) and its aims to promote economic recovery, and to improve social circumstances through a more competitive, inclusive, and digitally streamlined Europe.
Participants agreed that all key actions of the DAE associated with e-Skills and with building human capital are significantly important for the development of a modern and sustainable society.
During his speech, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology in Kosovo, Prof. Dr. Rame Buja, shared his vision to transform Kosovo schools into ICT-enabled smart schools. In line with Action 68 of the DAE, he highlighted that the draft ‘e-learning Strategy for Kosovo’ has been finalised. Furthermore, EDUNet, a joint project with the European Commission, should ensure that the Ministry will be able to provide quality and accessible information and content to the entire education system. Capitalising on the successful implementation of the ‘ECDL for Teachers’ project, the Minister highlighted the need to modernise the teaching of ICT subjects in secondary schools, and he committed to replace the current ICT curriculum in secondary schools with the ECDL certification programme’s syllabus - starting from the 2012/2013 school year.
The Government’s commitment was further highlighted by the Deputy Minister of European Integration, Mr. Gezim Kasapolli, who stated that a long term e-Skills policy should be the cornerstone for the creation of a modern workforce, public administration and education system. This would in turn lead to the sustainable growth of the economy and the integration of Kosovo into the European Union. The Minister outlined his plans for the implementation of action 89/2, part of the European Partnership Action Plan (already approved by Kosovo Government), which envisaged the enhancement of public sector capacity through implementation of ECDL training and certification programmes across the entire public service.
Ms. Sophie Beaumont, European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo, welcomed the commitment of the Government and said that “…being digitally literate is no longer a choice, but a necessity”.
The European Commission is dedicated in its support of Kosovo, and will work with key stakeholders in establishing the ‘ICT Skills Task Force’ that will ensure the coordination and maximisation of synergies across Ministries, donors, and other stakeholders engaged in the enhancement of digital literacy in the country.