Zavod 14 is pleased to present a comparative study on Education and digital skills in a post-Covid world in the CEE region, supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). The years of 2020 and 2021 will be the years which the world will mention in terms of “life before Covid-19 and life after”. Namely, the Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly transformed the lives of masses of people and interrupted education opportunities for pupils and students of all educational levels. Since education is the single biggest force to bring benefits to society it is important to ensure that education can continue to deliver the hope and opportunity that is needed especially during this time of such uncertainty. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to transform business and education alike, online learning is crucial to powering the EU and global economies with the digital skills they need to thrive.
The paper on education and digital skills in a post-Covid-19 world in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region encompasses two main goals, which pursue a problem-solving approach, aiming at identifying challenges and finding opportunities by considering all levels of education: primary, secondary and tertiary. Therefore, the first goal is to identify the main challenges the Covid-19 crisis caused in the area of education in the European union member states and, specifically, in the selected Central and Eastern European states (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovenia). The second goal is to acquaint public authorities about the most problematic areas in the existing education. Since it is not clear what the future holds, it is important, more than ever, to ensure that people, especially youth, have the skills they need to benefit from new employment opportunities in the digital economy. This will consequently help the society succeed in the post-Covid-19 world. The main purpose of the study in which the state-of-the-art sources from the theory and praxis of all levels of educational systems in the Covid-19 crisis situation from the European Union member states and selected CEE countries are examined, is to propose possible solutions for the education policy reforms that would enable educational systems to offer the needed infrastructure as well as professional, emotional and social support to students at all levels.
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