Throughout the current crisis precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition organises thematic webinars with the National Coalitions and their members. During these sessions, the participants share their challenges, solutions and experiences in response to the sudden need for digital skills among Europeans. These initiatives cover various topics surrounding the new context in which teachers, students, SME owners, employees, self-employed and citizens find themselves. Different initiatives and good practices identified and collected by the National Coalitions will be kept and updated on this page for sharing and replicating.
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The initiatives and good practices are divided in 4 groups:
1. Digital Skills for all
The Digi Koalice is sharing their own repository of best practices and activities to provide inspiration to other organisations wishing to replicate their successes.
The Ministry of Digital Governance in Greece has created a platform for all businesses and organizations to share their digital tools and services in order to support the free use of advanced and intelligent teleworking and learning platforms.
Central digital services portal launched by the Ministry of Digital Governance in order provide online access to public services and reduce the need for citizens to go to the Citizens’ Service Centre or police stations.
The Ministry of Innovation and Technology, under the coordination of the Digital Welfare Program, has launched an action for offers from actors in the digital sector to support teachers, students, schools, school districts, parents, workers and employers in the fight against the coronavirus emergency
Launched by the Ministry for Technology Innovation and Digitalisation, the Digital Solidarity Platform is where you can find digital courses, tools and resources provided by businesses and associations free of charge.
The Connected Lithuania project is working to get all of Lithuania online through digital skills programmes delivered through their public libraries. It has compiled a list of independent digital skills resources to continue to learn during this period. The project was presented at the 4th webinar with the digital skills and jobs community.
Supported by the National Coalition, SIMBIOZA NVO is providing a chat line which connects older adults with random callers to reduce the loneliness and isolation during the crisis.
The Digital SME Alliance is gathering together the digital services offered by their SMEs to help businesses and employees adapt to the challenges of remote working and learning.
A compilation of the solutions and services the association’s members are providing to tackle the current crisis.
A series of free online courses that introduces participants to the basics of artificial intelligence. The course was developed by the University of Helsinki and the company Reaktor in Finland. Thanks to the translations provided by the European Commission the course should soon be available in other European languages. The goal is to educate 1% of Europeans in the basics of AI. The course was presented in an interview during the third webinar with the digital skills and jobs community.
2. Digital skills for education
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Digital for Youth and Close the Gap have joined forces and together with e-Inclusie to collect donations of computers and devices to be reinstalled with the required software and given to school students who need them.
An experimental programme run by the Ministry of Science and Education the Republic of Croatia with 48 elementary and 26 secondary schools with video classes and TV broadcasts.
Croatian Radio and Television, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Education, has been participating in the implementation of distance learning for all subjects for primary school students.
EdTech Denmark presents a catalogue of high-quality digital learning tools along with help and support for teaching and training.
The initiative originated in Estonia and it now gathers educational technology startups from the whole Nordic region. Companies and organisations invloved have opened their e-learning solutions to support teachers and parents in the new difficult situation. The initiative was presented at the 1st webinar with the digital skills and jobs community.
IVSZ is running an initiative to encourage companies to support the Digital Education drive with advisory services, hardware, software licences or platforms for students.
National Coalition coordinator eSkills Malta Foundation has composed a list of free online learning resources to support students to continue their education.
Platform developed by the Ministry for Education and Employment integrating all online learning resources and lessons available to students from early years to secondary school in Malta.
Report coordinated by the Digital Centre Foundation into the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning within the education system in the context of Digital Education.
Project led by the Informal School of IT providing digital skills training for schools and devices to students in rural areas to drive careers in the IT industry. The project was presented at the 4th webinar with the digital skills and jobs community.
AMETIC, in collaboration with the Ministry for Education and Professional Training is mobilising its members to donate devices such as tablets, laptops and high-capacity phone lines to be distributed to school students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Providing support to schools through the provision of hardware and support services in collaboration with NGO People in Need. Includes a 1-to-1 services to assist schools in setting-up their online teaching and learning systems.
The Tech Week is platform for where it is possible to organise technology-related activities in your local schools, communities or at home. Explore fun challenges that encourage computational thinking for all ages and abilities.
E-me is a digital learning platform from the Ministry of Education which provides a secure, integrated digital environment for online learning, collaborating, communicating and networking with all members of the school community.
Central e-service of the Ministry of Education for the unified search and distribution of digital educational content in schools. It is open to everyone, students, teachers, parents and anyone interested.
The Ministry for Education in partnership with Kennisnet has created an online learning platform for primary and secondary schools a variety of remote lessons and support.
A free catalogue of tools and resources for teachers and ICT professionals provide support to teachers who have to learn how to teach digitally.
A free online community for teachers to support their learning from education and IT specialists to take advantage of online resources for learning. The project was developed by 4 Romanian NGOs, supported also by the Ministry of Education and Research.
The EU Code Week team is sharing resources and webinars focusing on the practical methods and tools for the remote teaching of coding.
3. Digital skills for the labour force
Project from Create Lithuania and the Ministry of Economy and Innovation which provides a platform for public servants to test and improve their digital skills based on international best practice and research into the population.
This digital innovation hub provided extensive support to companies, in particular SMEs, during the COVID-19 pandemics. It proposed the concept of smart working and explained how companies should react. The digital innovation hub presented during the 2nd webinar with the digital skills and jobs community.
Malta Enterprise is supporting the adoption of teleworking by funding employers and self-employed individuals to invest in the technology that enables teleworking and to partially cover the costs of such solutions.
Training programme on developing digital skills in eCommerce for SMEs and self-employed. Collaboration between the eSkills Malta foundation and the Malta Communications Agency to drive the growth of online business across the country.
Series of webinars led by the Malta Employer Association to support the challenges surrounding the processing of employees’ health data during the pandemic, legal grounds and principles for processing remote working, and the security of processing.
4. Digital skills for ICT specialists
Skillnet Ireland is the national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland. During the COVID-19 pandemic the agency offered various online workshops many of them focused on cybersecurity to help businesses to protect themselves in the face of the escalating cyber threat. The initiative was presented during the 3rd webinar with the digital skills and jobs community.
In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition called for pledges to address the surging need for digital skills and solutions. Organisations and companies can pledge online. The pledges are published on the Pledgeviewer.