Germany Launches “Digital Education Initiative” Aiming to Expand & Strengthen Digital Education in the Country

In an effort to further expand and support digital education in Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, together with the Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek, have launched the “Digital Education Initiative.”

The latter aims to improve digital learning as well as to strengthen the knowledge among people of all ages and all educational backgrounds about the most important fields of digitization.

In this regard, Merkel said that ever since the pandemic emerged, peoples’ lives have drastically changed due to several measures that have been imposed in order to prevent the spreading of the virus.

Nonetheless, she said that what is certain is that people’s lives are also becoming more digital.

“Children and teenagers have now been educated digitally and at home for a long time. Students learn in virtual lecture halls. Working people can discuss video conferences with colleagues from home,” she said.

According to her, everyone must be given the opportunity to learn digitally as a basic understanding of digital opportunities is becoming increasingly important.

“I am therefore pleased that the learning app ‘Stadt / Land / DatenFluss’ is available to download. The app was developed by the Adult Education Association. It is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about data and learn more about self-determined use of data,” Merkel added.

Whereas, the Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek said that the main goal is to support everyone in their educational journey so they can act independently in a digital world when participating in social and economic life.

‘Together, we will continue to work on building digital infrastructures and promoting the acquisition of digital skills for learners and teachers through suitable content and tools,’ she said.

Karliczek highlighted that a central project of the initiative that they will present is the digital education space, claiming that they intend to connect teaching, acquisition, and further development of digital skills in all educational areas.

“Another important tool is ‘SchulTransform.’ It is aimed at schools that are currently in the midst of digitization. The tool helps the rectors, for example, to identify which steps have to be observed in digitization,” Karliczek added.

According to the minister, taking into consideration the importance that digital education has nowadays, the federal government is committed to Digital Pact School, providing six and a half billion euros for the development of effective infrastructures.

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