Action: Strategic Partnerships
Project reference: 2019-1-LV01-KA204-060398
Start date: 01/11/2019
Duration: 24 months
1Latvijas Universitate. Latvia.
2Panepistimio Aigaiou. Greece.
3Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology Ltd. Cyprus.
4The Rural Hub CLG. Ireland.
5European Association for the Education of Adults. Belgium.
6Innovade LI LTD. Cyprus
7Jaitek Tecnología y Formación SL. Spain.
As digitalization speeds up, the demand for digital skills is growing fast in Europe and thus all citizens need to develop adequate digital skills to be empowered in the digital economy and society (The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition). However, a recent report published by the European Commission revealed that 44% (169 million) of Europeans aged 16-74 do not have basic digital skills to fulfill relevant jobs (European Commission, Report ‘Digital Single Market’). This is equivalent to 40% of EU workers that have an insufficient level of digital skills (EUROSTAT, digital skills of the labour force 2015). Surprisingly, more than half of adults in the EU (56%) have no ICT skills at all or have only the skills necessary to fulfil the simplest set of tasks in a technology-rich environment.
The above hurdles are calling for collective transnational efforts to educate adults and prepare them for the digital world we live in (European Commission Communication, Digitising European Industry Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market, 2016).
Therefore, to meet the abovementioned needs, the DigitALAD project focuses on building the capacity of adult educators to face the digital challenges and opportunities of the technological world by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competences to be able to use them in their daily practice and in extend with the adult learners to empower them for employability.
To address the gap and needs of the field, the DigitALAD project’s objectives are to:
- Build the capacity of adult educators to become digitally literate in their teaching practices.
- Build the competencies of adults to use digital tools for employability.
- Develop innovative quality resources for adult educators/ trainers and adults.
- Promote awareness on the importance of digital skills for adults in Europe.
By cooperating in a transnational adult oriented participatory context, we will be able to develop innovation and exchange practices and ideas to expand adult trainers’ knowledge, capacity and practice on adult education and to improve the impact of their work.
For this reason, the DigitALAD consortium is comprised of seven partner organisations coming from different countries across Europe: Latvia, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, Belgium, and Spain.
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