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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Acquiring functional basic skills in a digital society: online discussion

by Zsolt Vincze
Language: EN
Document available also in: LT PL


The event will take place on EPALE, from Tuesday, November 13th, 10.00 (CET) to Wednesday, November 14th, 17:00 (CET). It will be moderated by EBSN Secretary General, Graciela Sbertoli.

Digital Inclusion is one of the most important issues for social inclusion in the 21st century. Adult Learning policies should ensure that all individuals, particularly disadvantaged groups, have access to digital devices, and know how to safely and creatively use them, so that they are able to fully participate in society, engage in education provision and have access to employment.

The Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2014, a survey undertaken by the European Commission, showed that up to 47% of the EU population had, at that time, insufficient digital competence, including 23% who had no digital competence at all. Although we can hope the figures for 2018 will be slightly better, it is obvious there is still a long way to go.

Digital literacy, which is much more than the sum of different digital skills, is both a goal and a powerful motivating tool, and should be part of any adult learning provision.

This online discussion will focus on the use of digital tools in the provision of initial literacy and numeracy training, and of language provision for immigrants. Participants will be encouraged to present examples of good practice and we will aim to identify common challenges and criteria for success.

Welcome to what we hope will be a very exciting and fruitful discussion!

NOTE: If your passive knowledge of English enables you to understand the discussion but you don't feel comfortable in answering or commenting in English, you are welcome to use your own language. The moderator will translate your entry using Google translator.

Read the entire discussion here!​

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