On 30 September 2020, the European Commission presented its Digital Education Action Plan to foster digital education in the EU, including ensuring that infrastructure, connectivity and digital equipment are of the highest quality for students, and encouraging the uptake on basic digital skills from an early age.
As result of the public consultation launched on this Plan, it is common opinion that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that digital literacy is critical to Europe’s economic wellbeing and societal resilience, and that the resulting lockdowns created the largest disruption of education systems in history.
As part of the Plan, a broad series of initiatives will be pursued, including recommendations for distance learning for primary and secondary education, developing guidelines on Artificial intelligence use in the classroom, promoting digital literacy, and creating a European Digital Skills Certificate.
On the same occasion, the European Commission also laid out its vision for creating a European Education Area by 2025, offering more opportunities to study abroad, ensuring official qualifications are recognised across Europe, encouraging the uptake of foreign language learning, and giving everyone the access to high-quality education, irrespective of their background.
Both initiatives are due to feed into the European Education Summit on 10 December, which the Commission hopes will give EU ministers and stakeholders the opportunity to further “discuss how to make education and training fit for the digital era.”