Xabier Ugarte, from Politeknika Txorierri, was invited as a speaker to the Digital education & training – Youth at the heart of the social economy conference organised by the Pact for Skills initiative on January 28th.

The ‘Digital Road to Mannheim’ (#Roadmap) consists of 8 fully digitized online events. Each roadmap event focusses on a specific topic and aims to connect different Social Economy actors in Europe in a highly interactive format, present best practices and use cases as well as provide first-hand insights in interactive sessions from change makers all around Europe. The #Roadmap strengthen the social economy in Europe and harness its contribution to economic development, social inclusion as well as green and digital transitions.

In her political guidelines, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen highlighted the need to unlock the potential of digital technologies for learning and teaching and to develop digital skills for all. Education and training are key for personal fulfilment, social cohesion, economic growth and innovation.

The Digital Education Action Plan outlines the European Commission’s vision for high-quality, inclusive and accessible digital education in Europe. With the RoadtoMannheim event on “Digital education & training – Youth at the heart of the social economy” there is a wish to strengthen cooperation at European level and to discuss how we can all learn from the COVID-19 crisis and make education and training systems fit for the digital age.

Xabier Ugarte was one of the guest speakers in the Pact for Skills Experts Roundtable where he shared Txorierri’s experience on how educators are facing the COVID issue when teaching/educating. Xabi also had the opportunity to share the information about DTAM project and the challenges it will be meeting by developing an Integral Training Curriculum for EU technicians to deploy and manage digital tools in Smart Manufacturing while promoting links between educators, SMEs and the labour market.

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