Supporting the Green and Digital Transitions in and through Education and Training

08 July 2021

The cross-cutting priorities on the EU’s agenda for the next decade – the green and digital transitions – were discussed during the fifth and last of a series of webinars on the Education and Training Framework 2030, organised by Servizzi Ewropej f’Malta and the Ministry for Education.

The Council Resolution on a strategic framework for European Cooperation in education and training towards the European Education Area and beyond (2021-2030) establishes that both the transition to an environmentally sustainable, circular and climate-neutral economy as well as a more digital world, will have significant social, economic and employment impacts.

This is the reason behind the fifth strategic objective of the strategic framework ET2030 role of Education and Training in ensuring the green and digital transitions in the coming decade, to ensure that all citizens obtain the necessary knowledge, competences, skills and attitudes to cope with these changes, for a socially just transformation of the EU. “Reorienting education and training institutions to a whole-school approach and creating inclusive, healthy, sustainable educational settings are critical for achieving the needed changes for the green and digital transitions… it  is important to modernise science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) fields of study.

The European Commission has also developed initiatives on a European Education Area to be achieved by 2025 and the new Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027), aimed to strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe. The initiatives propose more investment and stronger cooperation of Member States to help all Europeans, of all ages, benefit from the EU’s rich education and training offer.

Panel members

  • Grazio Grixti – Director, Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills, Ministry for Education
  • Edwin Zammit – Deputy Director for Innovation, R&I office, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology
  • Melchisedech Zarb – Head of Project Design, Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools

Issues raised by participants

  • Education for Sustainable Development is very relevant for the green transition and to aid for a change in behaviour which is required to a positive environmental change and to find a balance between Environment, Economy and Society. This is important for all learners, both formal and informal.
  • A lot of kids in the present generation will most likely have “green jobs”, and at the moment they are not being sufficiently trained to have the skills needed for sustainable development in schools.
  • With regards to digital literacy, training should be extended to all stakeholders in schools (including subject coordinators etc..) as a lot of them still have a very narrow-minded definition of the use of technology in schools, especially post-covid.
  • An important consideration in all areas of the curriculum is processing and content. Processing has to be pointed out and taught for it teaches the learners how to think. Bloom’s taxonomy of learning starts off from the lowest level of learning, that is to remember what you understand, apply, analyse, evaluate and finally create…
  • It is important that when developing strategies, stakeholders (State, Independent and Church schools) are consulted not only individually but together, so that resources are maximised and the different players collaborate for better outcomes.

Written feedback on any of the five strategic objectives of the Education and Training Framework 2030 may be sent by email by the end of July to info.sem@gov.mt.

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