Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027. Resetting education and training for the digital age

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Series Details COM (2020) 624
Publication Date 30/09/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 30 September 2020, setting out a Digital Education Action Plan for the period 2021-2027.

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The Political Guidelines put forward by the President of the European Commission highlight the need to unlock the potential of digital technologies for learning and teaching and to develop digital skills for all. The education and training system is increasingly part of the digital transformation and can harness its benefits and opportunities. However, it also needs to effectively manage the risks of the digital transformation, including the risk of an urban/rural digital divide where certain people can benefit more than others.

The Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP 2021-2027) proposes a set of initiatives for high‑quality, inclusive and accessible digital education in Europe. It is a call to action for stronger cooperation between Member States at European level, as well as with and between stakeholders, to make education and training systems truly fit for the digital age. The Action Plan has two long-term strategic priorities:

  1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem;
  2. Enhancing digital competences for the digital transformation.
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EuroClio: EuroClio’s Position on the Digital Education Action Plan 2020 of the European Commission (19 October 2020)
ETUC: ETUC Position on Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 (3 November 2020)
Egmont Institute: European Policy Brief No. 66, 08/12/2020: From emergency remote learning to a new digital education action plan: an EU attempt to mainstream equality into education
CEP: Policy Brief, 22/12/2020: Digital Education Action Plan

EurActiv, 22/10/2020: EU lawmakers call for measures to close digital gap in education deepened by COVID-19

European Commission: Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027)
EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)209 - Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Updating the Digital Education Action Plan
European Commission: Press Release, 30/09/2020: Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age

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