30 June 2020
European Public Consultation on Action Plan for Digital Education now Open.
The Ge.S.Di.Mont Research Center of Unimont – Centre of Excellence of the University of Milan, is highlighting a public consultation launched by the European Union on the Action Plan for digital education: all citizens and interested organizations are welcome to participate!
The consultation is aimed in particular at students, teachers, educators, educational staff, parents/guardians/family members of students, as well as representatives of education and training institutions. Governmental and non-governmental organizations (international, European, national, regional and local) as well as representatives from the public sector and industry are also encouraged to respond. People under the age of 18 are invited not to respond directly to the consultation, but to turn to an adult parent/guardian/family member to reply and reflect their experience.
The consultation will help the European Commission to update its digital education action plan – made even more necessary today following the COVID-19 pandemic, which also led to the closure of all school buildings, – and to work further to promote inclusive and high-quality education and training in the digital age. Consultation deadline: 04 September 2020.
The reasons for the consultation
Education and training play a key role in ensuring that everyone in Europe can live, work and thrive in the digital age. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the widespread closure of school and university buildings in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Over 100 million students, educators, education and training staff in Europe and worldwide have been affected. To ensure that learning, teaching and assessment can continue, digital technologies have been used on a huge and unprecedented scale.
The new action plan will form an important part of the next EU recovery plan, supporting Member States, education and training institutions and citizens in their efforts to tackle digital change. To ensure that the new action plan for digital education draws on lessons learnt during the COVID-19 crisis and supports education and training through long-term digital transformation, the Commission is launching this public consultation.
The consultation will seek interviewees’ points of view on the overall impact of the disturbance caused by COVID-19 on education and training systems, on their expectations until the end of the emergency and in the recovery period. The consultation ends with a series of questions on the views of respondents regarding digital education in Europe.