On the 25th of November 2020, we were delighted to be joined by Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva who is the Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport at DG EAC. She gave a detailed presentation on the current aims and challenges for digitalising education in the future.
It was made clear that challenges for digital skills have existed before the current crisis. But everyone now has a digital life, this means that digital competences are about equipping every member of society with the appropriate skills to be able to take advantage of these new digital opportunities.
The good news is that 62% of respondents to the DG EAC survey reported that their digital skills had increased, and half of the respondents plan to continue to improve them after the crisis ends. Online and blended training was the most popular tool for improving these digital skills. More work still needs to be done, as digital skills become more important in the labour market.
Enabling digital connectivity for schools was a top priority with high-quality digital content and user-friendly tools seen as vital for improving the digitalisation of education. It was made clear that these tools should also respect privacy and ethics and be secure.
Furthermore, the enhancement of digital skills and knowledge was another priority. Fostering further knowledge on new technology, such as AI, is seen as crucial in enabling the technology further. Fixing the gender gaps in digital and STEM by encouraging women’s participation in STEM was also seen as important.
Also stated was that public-private partnership is important in helping to advance digital skills. The Digital Education Action Plan has set ambitious visions for the next 7 years with the focus on effective use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.
We would like to thank Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva for her contributions to this vital debate, and we would like to thank our attendees for their attendance. If you wish to join the Chamber, and gain access to a full range of events, please contact Bernada @ Bernada.Cunj@Britcham.eu
Director Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport | European Commission
Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva has been Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport at DG EAC since 2016. Her main activities relate to the areas of education, including digital education, academic and business cooperation, research and innovation, sport. Her Directorate is also responsible for managing the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, which are key programmes of Horizon 2020, as well as for developing and monitoring the implementation of the EU Digital Education Action Plan.
Antoaneta joined the European Commission in 2008. She has occupied various positions across the Commission and dealt with external relations and enlargement, internal security and police cooperation, cyber security, stakeholder relations and international affairs. Prior to entering the Commission, Antoaneta worked as a Bulgarian diplomat in Brussels. She is a graduate in political science of Sofia University, with training and qualifications in European studies from Germany (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) and the UK (Sussex University).