• 2 months 5 days ago

Taking forward the vision presented at the Gothenburg Social Summit in November 2017 on how education and culture can support an inclusive, cohesive and competitive Europe, the European Commission has launched three important initiatives today: on common values in education, on competences for lifelong learning, and on the role of education and training in helping Europeans adapt to the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

The three initiatives are:

  • A proposal for a Council Recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning
  • A Digital Education Action Plan
  • A proposal for a Council Recommendation on common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of teaching

Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said:

Europe's education and training systems need to give people from all backgrounds the right competences to progress and prosper professionally, but also enable them to be engaged citizens. We need to harness the potential of education to foster social cohesion and a sense of belonging. To do so, we have to build on our common values and make sure that education enables pupils to experience their European identity in all its diversity, learn more about Europe, about other European countries and about themselves.

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for The Digital Economy and Society, added:

The digital age is expanding into all areas of our lives, and it is not just those who work in IT that will need to be alert of the digital transformation. The digital skills gap is real. While already 90% of future jobs require some level of digital literacy, 44% of Europeans lack basic digital skills. The Digital Education Action Plan we propose today will help Europeans, educational institutions and education systems to better adapt to life and work in increasingly digital societies.