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Becoming digitally competent: A task for the 21st-century citizen

Work, employability, education, leisure, inclusion and participation in society... All of these and many other areas of our society are becoming increasingly “digitised”, meaning that information and also services are increasingly being made available through the Internet. Consequently, digital competence is vital for participation in today’s society and economy. As a transversal competence, digital competence also helps us master other key competences, such as communication, language skills, or basic skills in math and science.
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Education Talks: The art of policy making in education

"In policy-making, you should consider the continuum of the professional development of teachers" Liesbeth Hens, policy advisor for the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, talks about stakeholder involvement in education and about the importance of the continuum of teacher education.

Access to Early Childhood Education and Care for Roma children

The Council Recommendation on high-quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) systems underlines the importance of access to ECEC services for all children and recalls that quality ECEC can be “an effective tool to achieve educational equity for children in a disadvantaged situation, such as some migrant or ethnic minorities (for example Roma)”.

How to tackle early school leaving? A common challenge for Europe

Approximately 5 million European citizens aged 18 to 24 are considered “early school leavers”, meaning they have left school having completed only their lower secondary education or less, and are no longer receiving education and training. Early school leaving is linked to a high risk of unemployment, in turn leading to reduced lifetime earnings and even poverty. Early school leavers are also more prone to social exclusion. For this reason, reducing early school leaving is one of the main common goals agreed by the education ministries of European Union countries, with Member States committing to reduce the proportion of early school leavers to less than 10% by 2020 (this figure stood at 13.9% in 2010).

Education Talks: Listening to students makes better reforms

In the Republic of Ireland curriculum has remained unchanged for over 20 years, but recently there was a major curriculum reform to address important needs. Listen to Ben Murray, Education Officer at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), who was involved in the curriculum reform and assessment design for the Junior Cycle level, to talk about these inspiring changes.