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Member States to promote long-term e-skills and digital literacy policies

Indicator Status Evidence
Does an explicit strategy document exist? No The Portuguese Digital Agenda 2015 is under revision and a new national strategy should be set-up in the new few months.
Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)? Yes The Ministry of Education and Science organizes the eSkills Week, a pan-European project funded by the European Commission (DG ENTR) aiming to promote the development of digital competences and to raise awareness of opportunities and benefits of IT education and use in employability. Other programmes, projects and initiatives are listed under 5 below. The current national Digital Agenda 2015 that is been updated includes projects and programmes such as: - "Ciberescola da Língua Portuguesa", - "Plataforma Virtual de Aprendizagem"
Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT? Yes The Choices Programme launched in 2001 aims at promoting social inclusion and equality of opportunities amongst children and young adults living in conditions of socio-economical deprivation. Under this Programme, the Digital Inclusion Centres, consist in laboratories where the target groups involved in the Programme can occupy their spare time using ICT for leisure, study or receiving ICT formation. The 5th generation of the Programme for the period 2013-2015 was published on 9 of August 2012 (Resolution of the Council of Ministers n.º68/2012). The “Access” unit in the Department of Information Society at the Science and Technology Foundation, Ministry of Education and Science, promotes since 1999 the adoption of good practices for accessibility of the Internet and ICT to citizens with special needs: http://www.acessibilidade.gov.pt/. Please see:“Estratégia Nacional para a Deficiência” (2011-2013), Council Ministers Resolution nº 97/2010. Until 2011 the project "Rede Solidária" connected NGOs concerned with people with special needs (elderly and impaired) to the Internet. Open training and computers and Internet use in telecenters for citizens: “Internet Spaces Network” (more than 1,172 telecenters throughout the country providing open eSkills training and targeting special the aged, kids and people with special needs). This is the densest network of this kind in Europe and assumes a very important role as a social mediator to computer and Internet technology in local, and frequently remote, communities. The network involves Internet Spaces installed in varied locations, such as public facilities in central places of municipalities, public libraries, social solidarity institutions, digital inclusion centres for immigrants and other social groups risking exclusion, employment and training centres, culture, recreational and sports clubs, Ciência Viva Centres.
Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)? Yes E+I Programme for entrepreneurship and innovation (Council Ministers Resolution nº 54/2011, de 16 de Dezembro)http://www.ei.gov.pt/programa/?rel=enquadramento Professional training courses at polytechnics and universities: CET–Technology Specialization Courses, level 4 and 5 post-secondary education w/ professional certification. Professional Training: the Portuguese Employment and Professional Training Institute includes a common module on ICT and eSkills in the training courses of all specializations. Adult education: a programme targeting 1 million adults without completed basic school for formal schooling, in enterprises, enterprise associations, community centers or schools, always including eSkills training). http://www.novasoportunidades.gov.pt/
Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training? Yes The Portuguese Digital Agenda 2015 under revision has for its third action line “Excellence in Education”, involving the creation of educational platforms to foster the use of ICT tools in education and to bring a new dynamism to the educational content market in Portuguese language. The Ministry of Education and Science is involved in a number of European projects. They imply a heavy, regular involvement of teachers and students in the use of ICT in the classroom. These projects include: iTEC - Innovative Technologies for an Engaging Classroom (itec.eun.org) inGenious - European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education (http://www.ingenious-science.eu) Living Schools Lab - a European project to be launched on October 3rd in which DGE is the Portuguese partner. Its main aim is to establish and coordinate a pan-European network of ‘living schools’ that will observe, report on, demonstrate and showcase innovative pedagogical practice. A new ICT curriculum has been launched recently to be applied in schools as from this school year in years 7 and 8. The Digital Agenda 2015 under revision, includes projects and programmes such as: - "Ciberescola da Língua Portuguesa": http://www.ciberescola.com/?action=home - "Plataforma Virtual de Aprendizagem”
Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments? Yes Open training and computers and Internet use in telecenters: more than 1,172 telecenters throughout Portugal providing open eSkills training and targeting the aged, kids and people with special needs.The network involves Internet Spaces installed in varied locations, such as public facilities in central places of municipalities, public libraries, social solidarity institutions, digital inclusion centres for immigrants and other social groups risking exclusion, employment and training centres, culture, recreational and sports clubs, Ciência Viva Centres.

Best Practice Case

This is the densest network of this kind in Europe and assumes a very important role as a social mediator to computer and Internet technology in local, and frequently remote, communities.

Other initiatives:

The awareness-raising activities carried out at national level to promote the importance of developing ICT skills during the European eSkills Week are extended to the network of telecentres.

External contribution

External contributions are more than welcome. If you would like to share with us a country, regional or local-level initiative relevant for this DAE action, you can do it via the online form.