Telecentre Europe Joins Forces with Four European Networks

On 10-12th September 2014, Telecentre Europe met with four pan-European networks working in the field of ICT skills, lifelong learning and social inclusion. We explored synergies and talked about how to mainstream efforts in order to achieve our shared objectives.

With CEPIS, the network representing the interests of IT professionals around Europe, we discussed the importance of alignment of the various e-skills reference frameworks currently available (the Digital Competences Framework; the e-Competence Framework for users and for professionals) so that they can be easily adopted and used by digital training and certification providers. The idea is to offer an easy-to-apply competence framework to digital training providers, similarly to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Common themes and priorities were discussed with EUCIS-LLL, the platform uniting key European organisations in the field of lifelong learning. Digital skills and competences will be in EUCIS-LLL’s focus for the upcoming year and we are eager to cooperate on this front.

Public libraries, like telecentres, are often the first access points and promoters of digital skills in a community. Therefore, our collaboration with the Reading and Writing Foundation is of crucial importance to raising the profiles of librarians and e-Facilitators and advocating for the recognition of their role in society.

In the field of media literacy we will join efforts with the MEDEA: Media and Learning Association to promote the use of digital media for innovation in teaching and learning.

Overall, pan-European networks have a common understanding of the problems and needs related to skills and competences for the 21st century. We have great potential of working together and supporting each other and we are very positive and optimistic about the openness and readiness of our counterparts.