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The Digital Agenda and the Digital Inclusion roadmap: enlarging participation by offering opportunities in schools and out-of-school

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To allow individuals to understand, analyse and act upon the world they live in, digital competences are essential. Our citizens need basic ICT skills as well as media and digital literacy. EUCIS-LLL believes that promoting digital inclusion requires a global and long-term strategy but also strong political support. It believes that more efforts should be done in education and training. In theory, ICT can make lifelong learning a reality by allowing people to access and share knowledge everywhere and by offering new forms of learning. In reality we see that not everyone benefits from these new possibilities. In 2010 only 39% of Europeans used the Internet for any training and education related activity with huge disparities across countries. We know that main barriers to access to ICT are technologic but also linked to attitudes, interests and abilities. In this context there is a huge potential of progress. We need coherent and targeted strategies in lifelong learning: developing digital competences in education and training across all ages and in all areas of life – be it in formal, non-formal and informal learning. This is a prerequisite if we want to reach the ambitious goals of the Digital Agenda and of the Europe 2020 strategy. Our members showed a great interest in the Digital Agenda as an opportunity to make of our citizens “lifelong learners”.

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  •  Meeting with Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, October 2011
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