This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only those who have signed it.
These “digital natives” need to develop a range of skills
such as information literacy, media literacy, ICT literacy, but
also critical thinking and creative problem solving ability, content
knowledge, social and emotional competencies, cultural and ethical
awareness as well as entrepreneurship to cope with complex life
and work environments.
The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned that school systems
in Europe have so far not evolved to adequately prepare children
and youth to become competent and responsible digital citizens.
There is still a serious gap between the latters’ informal knowledge
and social media practices, the real-world needs, and the practices
of educational institutions.
Europe must imperatively develop innovative pedagogic strategies
that can simultaneously support the acquisition of a deep knowledge
base, critical understanding and modern skills and competences.
To this end, the Assembly welcomes the recent launch of a new project
by the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Educational Policy
and Practice (CDPPE) on digital citizenship education. The Assembly
must contribute to the reflexion on how to reform school systems
to provide the young generations with necessary competences and leaning
experiences, and teachers with a new set of teaching competences.