The Future of Education in A New Digital Era, Sibiu, September 2017

During 15-16 September we had the pleasure of organizing together with Scoala Finlandeza Sibiu and with the support of Embassy of Finland in Romania the event “The Future of Education in A New Digital Era”.

The event was opened on the 15th of September with the panel “Education in a Digital Era and 2019 – the Presidency of the Council of the EU”, in the presence of our guests:

  • H.E. Ambassador Paivi Pojanheimo (Suomen suurlähetystö Bukarest – Embassy of Finland in Bucharest)
  • Mrs. Catrina Manuela – State Secretary (Ministerul Comunicațiilor și Societății Informaționale – România)
  • Lisa Vernon (international specialist in education)
  • Anabela Luca (trainer Goolge si CEO adLemonade)
  • Lucian Todea (Tech entrepreneur & investor)

The event is part of the Romanian campaign “Driving the Digital rEvolution”, coordinated by Digital Citizens Romania.

As it is already known the Digital Transformation has an impact on different sectors, nevertheless, education has proven to be one of the most critical ones, needing immediate and sustainable answers. Therefore, together with a series of partners we have chosen Education as the topic for our first event: “Future of Education in the new Digital Era”.
While Education is an important topic in itself, it will also be at the core of our “Driving the Digital rEvolution” initiative. With a fourth industrial revolution already present in our societies, major changes are expected to influence our social and economic development – from the type of skills we will need to the types of jobs we will have access to. Without early interventions in our educational approach and public policies, the current and future generations will be even more affected by a growing digital divide.
On the one hand we have data showing that about 50% of the EU population lacks basic digital skills, with an additional 20% having none at all, and 20% of young people (14-25 years old) are not employment, education or training; On the other hand we have research indicating that by 2020 EU is expected to have a shortage of 800.000 ICT specialists and 65% of children entering primary school today (worldwide) will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.
Despite all these challenges, Finland is one of the global exceptions, ranking 1st in the global education systems (according to World Economic Forum) and being one of the most digital countries worldwide – ranking 2nd in the EU Digital Economy and Society Index 2017, with a particular strength in digital skills where it is ahead of all other Member States with some distance.
Romania will hold for the first time the Presidency of the EU Council during January – June 2019, being followed by Finland and Croatia and, thus, having the opportunity of working within this trio to set the European agenda and promote common priorities. In order to ensure a successful Presidency is important that all stakeholders and citizens are an active part of the process; contributing with their expertise and creating partnerships that will take further the results achieved during the time of each Presidency.
All these, are making the cooperation between the 3 countries holding the EU Presidencies during January 2019-June 2020 Romania, Finland, Croatia) a strategic approach, for the benefit of all Europeans. In this context, the initiative “Driving the Digital rEvolution” is a joint effort to find timely and sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges created by the digital transformation, from education to health, transportation and much more – the framework of the Presidency offering an opportunity to connect the national, European and global debates. The initiative is planned to act at both national and international level, by creating the space for a structured and inclusive dialogue between all interested stakeholders, before and during the Presidency.

Photos ©Scoala Finlandeza Sibiu & Rares Helici