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of people who really have it. Especially in ITC field, the request of competences and the offer are still very distant and this has big consequences on the high rate of unemployment in Europe, especially among young people. Furthermore I think that a great importance has to be devoted to the role of education in these fields. It means that teaching IT and entrepreneurial skills or using IT tools to teach other subjects has become very important nowadays. We cannot be active citizens in our societies if we don’t know how to use these instruments that enable us to be informed, to participate in public debates, to get in contact with people, to find a job, to work, to study, etc. Education programmes on IT and entrepreneurial skills have to involve children and young people, giving them also the instruments to use this asset in a critical and creative way, but they have also to involve adults and people from rural areas, which are among the most affected by this lack of knowledge. The topic of the “digital education� has been one of the thoughts shared by all the participants during the study visit and I think it should be shared by all European citizens and especially by policy makers who have the power to influence education polices. In addition, I think that European governments also have to provide structural conditions to give the citizens the opportunity to develop digital skills, such as the development of broadband, especially in peripheral regions.

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Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

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