Media literacy was in the spotlight last week as the EU marked its first European Media Literacy Week. A series of events, including a high-level conference brought together organisations from the public and private sectors that are working to tackle issues around disinformation online and low levels of trust in the media.
DSJC Denmark, the Danish national coalition affiliated to the EU’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition was launched in February 2019. The coalition aims to improve digital competences in the country.
The Cyprus Computer Society and ECDL Cyprus participated in the International Education and Career Exhibition that was held from 15 to 17 February 2019 at the Cyprus International Fair grounds in Nicosia.
On October 3, DANSK IT, the ECDL National Operator in Denmark, had a call for action meeting for a national open learning platform for digital competences for a wide range of key stakeholders in Denmark (trade unions, business organisations and public authorities). The platform is anchored in the international standard for digital skills, ICDL, and the EU’s DigComp framework.
A new study from the European Commission on digital technology in education has highlighted that there is a gender gap in digital skills development between boys and girls. The study also found that teachers often have to use their own time to learn the skills to teach ICT to their students.
ECDL has been referenced in a new report from the European Commission as an example of quality assurance in skills certification. The report, ‘Support to the development of the ESCO qualifications pillar’, was commissioned to help develop the qualifications element of the European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) classification, which is, itself, used to help match between skills, jobs, and qualifications.
ICDL is being introduced to schools run by the Islamic Charity Center Society (ICCS) in Jordan under a new agreement between ICCS and Specto, the ICDL National Operator in the country. Under the agreement, which was signed in the presence of the General Manager of the Education Sector of ICCS and principals from all schools in the society, students will have the option to gain ICDL certification in 2019, and certification will become mandatory for all grade 7 to 9 students in 2020.
A new initiative in Bosnia to help students to develop their digital skills has seen the first 40 students gain ECDL certification. The project, titled, ‘When it runs out, we’re all wet’, involved students from Vareš Primary School and Žepče Primary School, who were hosted by ‘Malta’ Primary School in Sarajevo.
A new report from the World Economic Forum looks at 10 strategies to create a labour market based on skills. The report seeks to address issues that arise from outdated concepts of a job for life, or as the report puts it, the model of “learn, do, retire”.
The ‘Youth for Impact’ programme aims to use ECDL to empower young people in Serbia who have disabilities or are without parental care. Funded by the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the programme enabled 25 young people to attend training and pass ECDL tests for four Base modules.