Discussion: A Healthy Digitalisation for Digital Wellbeing – Nov 30, 2021

We all know how ambiguous the digitalisation feels for many citizens in Europe. On the other hand, we understand that it contributes also to inclusion, participation and feeling well in our society. Is this contradictory?

The DIGIT-AL project (Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship) invites you to involve in a vivid debate on a healthy digitalisation for digital wellbeing at Tuesday, November 30 2021, 15:00-16:30 (Brussels) online.

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Project DIGIT-AL: Training about Digital Competent Adult Educators in Porto

The training in the framework of the DIGIT-AL project was focusing on needs and motivations of educators in order to understand the digital transformation and to include it more as a topic in their pedagogical practices. Hosted by the DARE member Rede Inducar, the participants from Portugal, Romania, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, the United States and Italy explored the different concepts of digital competence and identified aspects which are in particular relevant for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE).

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Grundtvig Award 2021 ceremony at November 18, 2021

Today the Grundtvig Arward arrived by mail! The jury of the European Association for the Education of Adults selected this year the DIGIT-AL project in the category “transnational”. The project is coordinated by the DARE member Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten and includes the member organisations Rede Inducar, Jan Tonissoni Instituut, EDC Latvia, Partners Bulgaria, CCI Trento and the DARE network.

The award ceremony will take place online at the EAEA Annual Conference 2021: Learning to exercise democracy in a digital world at November 17/18.

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EntreComp 360: Partner Meeting in Madrid

With the full energy of an hybrid meeting where parts of a group were able to meet in presence, the EntreComp 360 project team met after a long time again in Madrid. Hosted by Innogate to Europe the coordinators of Bantani Education (BE), Materahub (IT), Not a Bad Idea (FI), The Womens Organisation (UK), DARE Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (BE) and the project coordinator University of Iceland (IS) were planning the next steps toward the one-stop online platform, guides for specific educational contexts and online courses.

Currently, the launch of the online platform is upcoming, as well as the release of the first guides on how the EntreComp framework might become helpful in non-formal learning and youth work (led by DARE). Also the editorial teams for the next guides were already creating first content: on female entrepreneurship (led by The Womens Organisation) and assessment (led by Bantani/University of Iceland).

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Grundtvig Award 2021 for the DIGIT-AL project

The European Association for the Education of Adults awarded the project DIGIT-AL with the Grundtvig Award 2021 in the category “Transnational Project”. The ceremony will take place in the frame of the EAEA Annual Conference 2021: Learning to exercise democracy in a digital world on November 17/18, 2021.

More: EAEA Media Release

“The Grundtvig Award is a great honor for us. It motivates us to continue on our path and work to ensure that more adult Europeans can learn fundamentally about digitisation as a major political and social issue. ”

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EPALE Community Conference 2021: Meet DARE at the panel: Digital activism and democracy

On 12 and 13 October 2021, EPALE is hosting its annual Community Conference, which will be held entirely online. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss how adult education and learning can help reshape our society, promoting inclusive and sustainable models.

The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated vulnerabilities in our globalised and interconnected world, with profound and long-lasting effects. Fast-paced changes on multiple levels – digital, demographic, and environmental – have been the norm in recent times. In this context, the conference revolves around the concept of transition. Transitions are full of uncertainty and instability, but being inherently transformative, they also provide an extraordinary opportunity to sketch out new models, paying particular attention to the challenge of not leaving anyone behind.

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Policy Recommendations: Learning the Digital Lifelong

Positions and reflections from the perspective of Education for Democratic Citizenship/­ Human Rights Education. From the project DIGIT-AL Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship.

Published: 01/09/2021
G. Pirker, D. Kolarova (ed.)
58 pages, Brussels 2021


  • Human rights and democracy in the digital world
  • Aims of learning the digital.
  • Digital transformation through lifelong learning
  • Processes, methodologies, structures and quality
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Project: Empowering SSYS Youth Promoters and Youth Trainers in Timor-Leste

The vision behind the Timor-Leste youth policy strategy formulated in 2007 and re-formulated in 2017 is “to live in a society where young men and women have access to education, health, vocational courses, and are endowed with the moral values of citizenship for a responsible and healthy life. Under the current conditions, a weak economy and public infrastructure and relatively low expenditures for education (116 in the world), it is clear, that this vision can only be put into practice with the active contribution of the youth itself, involving as citizens, creating social capital, where economic capital is not yet available for structural funding. Involving means in this context, co-creating learning spaces for active citizenship, a peaceful and a healthy life in a self-responsible way, where youth might develop the necessary competencies important for their further development. In particular the youth has an important role to play, since East Timor is a country with a growing young population (32 of the world) and high birth rates (27 of the world; CIA The World Factbook).

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Training: Digital Competence as a Civic Key-Competence. Let’s Unleash the Potential of Education for Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education

The project DIGIT-AL identified different aspects of digital transformation that need more awareness from a civic education and Human Rights education perspective. At the same time, there is a potential of civic education for learning about, for and with digitalisation.

The training explored good educational practices linking digitalisation with Education for Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education. It discussed paths toward a digital pedagogy dedicated to digital competence also understood as a competence to support learners in understanding and co-creating the social, cultural and economic impact of digitalisation.

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Expanding the Pedagogy of the Digital

Digitalization is an important topic of European policy. Adult Education has a crucial role to play in accompanying the transformation.

By Nils-Eyk Zimmermann (DIGIT-AL project)

The impact of the current policy developments in the field of digital transformation on European level cannot be underestimated. The Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act will determine what platforms are (still) allowed to do and how the rules of the game of digital capitalism will work. The Circular Economy Action Plan suggests a right to repair. With the way rules for Artificial Intelligence are developed and implemented a market for data-sensitive and democratic innovation is emerging, a European way of dealing with AI or a European-dressed American way. How Europe defines and enforces the Next Generation Internet influences how free, decentralized, competitive, accessible the Internet and digital single market in Europe and if not beyond our continent will be.

These examples show that dealing with digitalization is about more than addressing media literacy: It is always also about active participation in the digital transformation and helping to shape its “broad lines.”

Many, among them also educators, say that it’s all too complex, too technical or too economical. But, one can counter them, isn’t the focus wrong? For instance, we also understand that car companies are not allowed to install fraud software, although we don’t know exactly what programming language the on-board computer was programmed in. Would that have really helped us to draw consequences from the Diesel scandal?

About Digitalization: Conditions, Assumptions, Impact

In this sense, civic adult education can reflect on the technology’s economic, social, cultural, and technology policy conditions, assumptions and impact: Learning about Digitalization. How do certain concepts of digitalization work and act? What alternatives are there? Who benefits from which variant and how?

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