Digital Education: Public consultation: Digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond
The European Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation to collect the views of citizens and stakeholders on the future of digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond. According to Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth “due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we witnessed the largest disruption to education and training in Europe’s recent history. 100 million students, teachers and education staff globally have been affected, and many of them have turned to digital education to continue the academic year.” The COVID crisis has been the first time for many people to fully use digital technologies for teaching and learning, Ms. Gabriel stressed. The purpose of the public consultation is to provide sufficient information from which the European Commission can understand and learn about all these different experiences. The consultation will help to inform the Commission’s proposal for a renewed Digital Education Action Plan, expected in September 2020. The Digital Education Action Plan will support Member States, education and training institutions and citizens in their efforts to adapt to the digital transition and will pave the way to high quality digital education. Digital transformation is one of the European Commission’s major priorities and the new Action Plan will form a key aspect of the Next Generation EU recovery instrument. The latter will ensure sustainable, even, inclusive and fair recovery for all Member States, embedded within a powerful, modern and long-term EU budget.
The public consultation closed on 4 September 2020.
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