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30.03.2023 |

 Digital transformation is reshaping society and the economy with an ever-deepening impact on everyday life. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it demonstrated the need for higher levels of digital capabilities in education and training, but also led to an increase in a number of existing challenges and inequalities between those who have access to digital technologies and those who do not, including the disadvantaged.

The Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) is a renewed policy initiative of the European Union (EU) to support the sustainable and effective adaptation of the education and training systems of the countries of the Union to the digital age.

The Digital Education Action Plan:

  • Proposes a long-term strategic vision for high quality, inclusive and accessible European digital education
  • Addresses the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an unprecedented use of technology for education and learning purposes
  • Seeks stronger cooperation at EU level on digital education and stresses the importance of working together across sectors to bring education into the digital age
  • Presents opportunities, including improving the quality and quantity of digital learning, supporting the digitisation of teaching methods and pedagogy, and providing the infrastructure needed for inclusive and sustainable distance learning

To achieve these objectives, the Action Plan identifies two priority areas:

  1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem

This includes:

  • infrastructure, connectivity and digital equipment
  • effective digital capacity planning and development, including advanced organisational capabilities
  • digitally competent and confident teachers and education and training staff
  • high-quality learning content, user-friendly tools and secure platforms that respect e-privacy and ethical standards

2. Improving digital skills and competences for digital transformation

For this it is necessary:

  • basic digital skills and competences from an early age
  • digital literacy, including dealing with misinformation
  • computer education
  • good knowledge and understanding of data-intensive technologies such as artificial intelligence
  • in-depth digital skills that equip more digital professionals
  • ensuring that girls and young women are equally represented in digital training and work

To support the two priority areas, the Commission will set up a Digital Education Hub strengthening cooperation and exchange on digital education at EU level. The Digital Education Action Plan is coordinated by the Digital Education Unit of DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy




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