Digital skills for employment in the modern economy
The project's intended impact is to substantially increase the number of youth, both girls and boys, who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
The project's expected Outcome is: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are effectively integrated into the vocational education and training (VET) system in Moldova thus enhancing the access to qualitative and relevant education
The project's expected outputs are:
Output 1: Digital skills are acknowledged and continuously supported by VET institutions at strategic level and as part of teaching and organizational culture
Output 2: VET teachers and instructors have better digital competence for integrating ICT in teaching, learning, assessment and class Management
Output 3: Digital content for VET trades and specialties is developed and open education resources are increasingly used in teaching, learning and assessment
Output 4: Modern learning spaces created to foster the integration of digital skills in educational process as well as the student-centred learning
The project's direct beneficiaries will be the teachers and the management of 6 VET institutions including the Centre of Excellence in Informatics and Communication Technologies (CEITI), as well as another 5 VET institutions (around 15 managers and 100 teachers in total). An estimated 600 students, boys and girls, will directly benefit from the project measures. In the long term all students of VET system will benefit from enhanced access to qualitative and relevant education.
The project's activities will focus on increasing the VET institutions’ management support for ICT integration, improving teachers’ digital competences, developing digital content for three selected VET trades and specialties, creating modern learning spaces that foster the integration of digital skills in the education process, as well as the student-centered learning.
The increasing pace of changes in society, job market (growing ICT-sector, more engineers needed and data analysts, digital skills a key competence for 21st century job) and in the technological landscape (IoT, AI, big data) puts a pressure on educational systems around the world. The Republic of Moldova, as other countries, faces an increasing ICT skills gap and a low level of digital literacy. These drawbacks caused by the insufficient use of advantages of the information society, prevent many citizens from participating in the ICT-based society and economy. A large part of the population does not have sufficient knowledge and digital skills throughout their lives which can also reduce their access to public and social services, that will be increasingly available online, as well as will hamper Moldova‘s opportunity to participate in the global digital economy. This can be changed only through the education system and by providing tailored training programmes for teachers.