The New Skills Agenda for Europe: European Schoolnet's perspective

The current political momentum around skills is certainly welcomed by those whom, as European Schoolnet, strongly believe in the importance of skills and education to thrive in society.

European Schoolnet is a Brussels-based network of 30 European Ministries of Education. We aim to bring innovation in teaching and learning. We therefore welcome the launch of the New Skills Agenda by the European Commission and support the priorities that are set within the agenda, in particular the emphasis on the need to develop digital skills.

From digital skills to the safe and responsible use of online technology, through the wide variety of ICT in education projects we are involved in, it is clear to us how much digital skills are needed for citizens to actively participate in today's digital society, and how central they are in shaping the personal and professional future of a connected generation. Our leading role in a number of European initiatives in the area of STEM and of Key Competences for lifelong learning has further strengthened our belief that investing in the development and recognition of a wide variety of skills is beneficial to learners' personal development, active citizenship, social inclusion, and employment.

European Schoolnet looks forward to supporting the New Skills Agenda for Europe in the four major areas, namely:

  • Fostering the development and assessment of key competences;
  •  Developing learners' digital skills in school;
  •  Enhancing young people's employability ;
  •  Developing students' media literacy and critical thinking for digital citizenship.

We believe that our network of stakeholders (Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners) together with our targeted actions, tools, platforms, and services are able to contribute to bring about change.

European Schoolnet, through its current and future actions, will contribute to promote the New Skills Agenda for Europe along the lines that are presented in this position paper (pdf).