Digital Education: European project starts from a pandemic experience to ensure a better quality of teaching in a digital context

Digital Education: European project starts from a pandemic experience to ensure a better quality of teaching in a digital context

Digital Education: European project starts from a pandemic experience to ensure a better quality of teaching in a digital context

Innovating professional practices and promoting skills and knowledge among European teachers to ensure an adequate response to the challenges of a digital society is one of the objectives of the project implemented in Portugal by AIDGLOBAL. The first meeting, held online, took place on the 12th of May and brought together, on screen, Portugal, Italy, Romania and Cyprus.

“Beyond COVID-19: The new era of teaching. Digital learning for social inclusion”, em português, “Para além da COVID-19: A nova era do ensino. Aprendizagem digital para a inclusão social” é o nome do projeto europeu, financiado pelo Erasmus+, que pretende aproximar a Escola e os professores das Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação (TIC). O objetivo é orientar e ensinar os alunos a usarem as ferramentas TIC, numa perspetiva criativa, responsável e cooperativa, e consciencializar a sociedade para as implicações presentes e futuras da Agenda 2030 (Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável), no contexto da pandemia por COVID-19.

Despite the effort made by the educational community to continue teaching in a pandemic context, providing online classes and distance support, it is estimated that only 20% to 25% of students in the EU are being taught by teachers who feel confident with the use of technology in the classroom. These numbers are confirmed by studies carried out in Italy, Greece, Romania and Portugal, which demonstrate a general lack of preparation on the part of European teachers, who are not properly trained to adapt to the new circumstances, triggered by rapid digitalization. The 2018 OECD international survey on teaching and learning also revealed that “only 39% of educators in the EU declare themselves well or very well prepared to use digital technologies”, as stated in the new Action Plan for Digital Education 2021-2027, adopted by the European Commission.

Through this project, which, in Portugal, is implemented by AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for Global Development, it is intended to carry out a diagnosis of competences around educational innovation and digital competences, to create a European Digital Curriculum with the aim of identifying the better learning strategies and the most appropriate digital and technological tools to respond to the training needs of students in vulnerable situations (social, economic, emotional…), in order to promote inclusion and prevent early school leaving and it is intended, also, to promote an “EU BET!” Academy, which will translate into a comprehensive set of online and face-to-face training courses as well as webinars, aimed at teachers, on the 2030 Agenda issues, on inclusive education and ICT, applied to environments of learning.

“The pandemic, by uncovering a set of challenges such as those involving digital empowerment, universal connectivity, security, data protection or digital inclusion, has turned some of them into opportunities, says Susana Damasceno, Founder and President of AIDGLOBAL.

“This project is one of those opportunities, as it translates into a concrete action that responds to a gap that exists not only in the education system but also in the access and functioning of the online world. We believe that this step will be significant when it comes to mitigating some of the risks presented by digital technology in the context of education. It is a project that will have an impact on young students and their teachers, but also on the development of countries in the coming decades, as its implementation contributes to the construction of human potential, avoiding aggravation of inequalities”, concludes Susana Damasceno.

“Beyond COVID-19: The new era of teaching. Digital learning for social inclusion” is a European project funded by Erasmus +, being promoted by Oxfam Itália, in partnership with AIDGLOBAL, Actionaid, Agenda 21 and Lama. It runs from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023, in Portugal, Italy, Romania and Cyprus.

AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for Global Development – ​​is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes several projects in the field of Education for Development and Active Citizenship, in Portugal, including in Portugal. Autonomous Region of Madeira, where it has a delegation in Porto Santo and, also, in the field of Literacy, in Mozambique, in the Province of Gaza. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.