Opinion Factsheet  

Digitaalisen koulutuksen toimintasuunnitelma

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Opinion Number: CDR 2710/2018
Rapporteur: 
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 10/10/2018
 
the Digital Education Action Plan should support the developing of critical thinking and media literacy in order to better judge and overcome the overwhelming diffusion of fake news.
the digital transformation should be made inclusive by reducing the existing digital divide in terms of gender, age and different geographical, ethnical and socio-economic backgrounds.
all stakeholders should acknowledge that developing the digital skills of the EU workforce is essential to tackle the transformation of the labour market and to avoid skill gaps or mismatches.
the Digital Education Action Plan should be adequately supported by the next Multiannual Financial Framework as well as from resources from national budgets to be allocated not only to connectivity and infrastructures but also to development of digital skills and competences development at all levels of education.
recall the fundamental role of local and regional authorities in the implementation of education and training policies and that therefore the process of adapting the education systems to the standards of the digital era should involve all levels of governance.

The opinion was adopted too recently to assess its impact.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- recognises that developing the digital skills of the EU workforce is essential to tackle the transformation of the labour market and to avoid skill gaps or mismatches;

- emphasises the potential of digital transformation for upward mobility, shaping better educated and informed citizens, stimulating civic engagement, democratising knowledge, enhancing access to and the consumption and production of information, with a view to ensuring a healthy digital identity and active and responsible digital citizens;

- requires that a greater focus must be put on strengthening adults', children’s and young people’s critical thinking and media literacy so they can judge and overcome the overwhelming diffusion of fake news and the risks of an uncritical use of information available on the web or digitally accessible information

- stresses the need to reduce the existing digital divide considering the different determinants of the phenomenon, e.g. residence in different geographical and demographic contexts, languages of communication, different educational levels, gender- and age-specific differences, possible disability, belonging to disadvantaged socio-economic groups;

- believes that the DEAP Plan should be adequately supported by the new Multiannual Financial Framework as well as from resources from national budgets to be allocated not only to connectivity and infrastructures but also to development of digital skills and competences development at all levels of education

- recalls the fundamental role of local and regional authorities in the implementation of education and training policies and that therefore the process of adapting the education systems to the standards of the digital era should involve all levels of governance (European, national, regional and local).