Brussels, 20 June 2022
ECSWE advocacy for healthy digital education impacts EU and UN policy
As a result of our efforts, the EU’s revised Digital Competences Framework and the 2022 UN report on digitizing education put more emphasis on the healthy and balanced use of digital media.
United Nations report on digital media builds on our recommendations
In May of 2022, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry published a report on the Impact of the digitalization of education on the right to education that reflects and builds on our arguments for an age-appropriate and development-oriented digital media education. Following our policy recommendations, the Special Rapporteur demands more pedagogical freedom and teacher autonomy to adapt the teaching approach to the needs of a class. She also acknowledges the importance of childrens’ media maturity and promotion of balanced use of digital technology in school and at home. Now schools across the globe can use this highly relevant policy document that is available in six languages.
DigComp lists intentional non-use of digital technology as digital skill
Following our active involvement in the revision process, the European Digital Competences Framework for Citizens as of March 2022 includes key examples of healthy use of digital technology. Now the section 4.3 on protecting health and well-being highlights the “importance of balancing the use of digital technologies with non-use as an option” and promotes the ability of applying “a variety of digital usage monitoring and limitation strategies” for “oneself and others” as a key skill for all European citizens. The straightforward recognition of these examples is important, as the new framework is expected to inspire curriculum reform across Europe.
ERASMUS+ grants €400.000 for HERMMES project on media education
Following a lengthy and thorough application process at the DG EACEA, on the 1st of April 2022 ECSWE got the green light to coordinate the HERMMES project on healthy media education. The 3‑year strategic partnership will be funded with €400.000 through the Erasmus+ programme, allowing 15 involved partners to develop a framework curriculum, school policy guidelines on healthy media education in kindergartens and schools, teacher training programs and webinars for parents. The first full-scale partners meeting is scheduled for September 2022 in Stuttgart.