Education plays a crucial role in creating a space for dialogue and cooperation on the fundamental principles – freedom of expression, tolerance, freedom of research, free movement of students and staff, student involvement and the co-creation of learning – that reflect the basic values of European society.
Acquisition of digital skills needs to start at an early age and carry on throughout life, as part of educational curricula. Developing the digital skills of the EU workforce is essential to tackling the transformation of the labour market and to avoiding skill gaps or mismatches, the rapporteur believes. We should see digital education as an opportunity to address educational challenges, e.g. providing scope for more personalised and inclusive teaching, reducing the learning gap between people from different socio-economic backgrounds, or enabling new migrants to cover subjects with support in both their mother tongue and the language of the host country.