On Thursday 10 December 2020, EuropeActive attended the Third European Education Summit, organised by the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission and entitled “Digital Education Transformation: Building Resilience in the European Education Area”.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread disruption to education and training provision across Europe and shown that the use of distance and online learning is essential to ensuring its continuation. The Summit provided an opportunity for stakeholders, including national education ministers, Members of the European Parliament and representatives of education and training ecosystems, to discuss the digital transformation of Europe’s education systems in the context of the COVID-19 recovery.
After an opening speech from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, various sessions tackled the obstacles still impeding the full deployment of online and distance learning, such as the unavailability or lack of access to technology and connectivity, difficulties in adapting to distance and online learning among educators and training staff, and challenges for parents and carers in combining work and supporting their children's learning.
The Summit also fostered an exchange of experiences and best practices in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on education and training provision, with an ambition to provide feedback on the Commission’s vision to create a European Education Area by 2025 and to implement the Digital Education Action Plan.