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.
In a key passage, the report, “Points out that the complex digital skills required for the efficient use of ICT depend on the acquisition of basic skills, that not everyone is on an equal footing, with major gaps remaining at basic levels and particularly affecting disadvantaged groups and a large number of adults, that more educated people are three times more likely to use the internet to acquire new skills and create new opportunities than those with lower levels of education, and that we run the risk of technology becoming a training tool for the privileged rather than an opportunity for all;”
The report continues, noting that students should be able to achieve a minimum level of digital competence before finishing their studies. It also calls for teachers to be able to develop the skills necessary to be at the core of the digital transformation.
The full report can be downloaded from the website of the European Parliament. The report will be sent to the European Commission and Council of Ministers for their consideration.