Basic digital skills for inclusion and active citizenship of low-skilled adults • ALL DIGITAL
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Start date:  3 December 2019, 16:00-19:00

Location:  First Euroflat Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 50, Brussels 1000

Organiser(s):  EAEA and ALL DIGITAL

Target audience:  Policy makers, educators, training providers, stakeholders working in social inclusion and employment fields, etc.

Basic digital skills for inclusion and active citizenship of low-skilled adults

21 Nov, 2019


The workshop is organised by ALL DIGITAL and European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Week 2019.

Digital inclusion is nowadays key to social inclusion and active participation (in the community, in the city, in the labour market, in education, in leisure time activities, in sports, etc.). Yet, according to Eurostat, 43% of Europeans do not have basic digital skills. But do we know what this really means? Who are these 43%, and what are those basic skills?

The Digital Competence Framework (DigComp) for citizens has been around for some time now, trying to define and explain the skills needed by all citizens to function in the digital society, but it is surprisingly little known to politicians and other stakeholders beyond the digital education field.

We believe that providing adults with a personalised training based on their specific needs is an effective way to foster their digital skills and bring them at least to a basic level that would allow them to use online services, express their opinion and access reliable and diversified information. Improving their digital skills will thus empower them to play an active role in society, access and progress in the labour market, and engage in further education and training in a lifelong learning perspective.

To this extent, the workshop will aim to empower policymakers and key stakeholders from different fields (formal and non-formal education, social inclusion, employment, digital economy and society) to formulate integrated policies for developing and recognising adult citizens’ basic digital competences.

During the workshop ALL DIGITAL and EAEA will present Policy Recommendations on digital skills training of low-skilled adults developed within the Digital Competences Development System (DCDS) Project.

Registration for the event is mandatory. PLEASE REGISTER HERE


15:30   Registration and welcome coffee
16:00 Welcome words by the moderator (policy context and purpose of the event)
16:10 Panel discussion on the links between basic digital skills and active citizenship with policymakers and adult education practitioners + Q&A

  • Julie Fonda, European Commission – Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL),Unit E.2 – Skills and Qualifications
  • Anusca Ferrari, European Commission – Directorate-General Education and Culture (EAC), Unit C1 – Innovation and EIT
  • Daniel Bonvoisin, Responsable de l’éducation permanente, Media Animation
  • Philippe Seidel Leroy, Policy and EP Liaison Officer, AGE Platform Europe
17:00 The digital competences development system as a comprehensive system for digital skills training and validation – lessons learned and policy recommendations, followed by debate with the audience

  • Peter Palvolgyi, ALL DIGITAL
  • Francesca Operti, EAEA
17:45 Final remarks
18:00 Networking cocktail