COVID-19 had a considerable impact on the European Union (EU) and Brussels believes that this public health crisis could be an opportunity for digital transformation in the European Union. The European Commission now wants to hear Europeans about the challenges they faced in the new reality of distance learning, as parents, teachers and students.
With a deadline of 4 September, the public consultation is ongoing and aims to help the European Commission to shape the digital transformation of the education and training sector in the EU. As a long-term goal, Brussels aims to improve citizens' digital literacy and help EU countries work together to adapt their digital age education and training systems. The EC also aims to harness the potential of the Internet to make online access to education available to all Europeans.
The truth is that in the middle of the pandemic, many issues have arisen with distance learning. In this context, the Government recently announced that it will provide 400 million euros to guarantee universal access next year to computers and the Internet.
Despite the difficulties felt by parents, teachers and students in the country, Portugal is the fourth European country with more teachers to bet on training for distance classes. The data show that the number of Portuguese teachers enrolled in the Microsoft Educator Center is increasing significantly.