Lifelong learning in the digital age – the evolution is here.

Lifelong learning in the digital age is an evolution that affects all areas of life. Manifestations calling for these changes are multiplying. Switzerland launched the national Digital Era strategy and the Digital Transformation national research program. For its part, the Council of Europe has published guidelines on respect for the rights of the child in the digital environment. Many actors from education, economics and society occupy this topic. Unlike most other participants, it focuses on children and youth, as well as their development. The issue of the rights of the child, and in particular the exercise of the right to play and free time, plays a central role here.

Digital age has identified three aspects that need to be clarified: the skills needed in the digital world, the impact of digitization on equal opportunities, and how to manage a persistent connection. The choice of these three aspects is the result of discussions with young people and specialists in the field of education, economics, and research on the day of co-creation organized in June 2017, as well as a review of the scientific literature on digital transformation, prepared by Sara on behalf of the company. These three thematic areas provide a framework for this report, even if the boundaries between them are shifted and if other aspects related to digital conversion are also considered. Practical examples complement contributions of a more theoretical or scientific nature.

They believe that the dual system of vocational training is well equipped to solve the problems associated with digitization, but it is necessary to accelerate the exchange between training and the world of work. Roger emphasizes the importance of end-to-end skills and the will to train throughout life. Olivier and Rachel acquire skills in extracurricular activities and emphasize the possibility of sociocultural animation in the context of digitization.

Long awaited digital innovations. Some of the activities offered by social and cultural events allow children and young people to experience modern technology, as well as to discuss and think more broadly. They provide the foundation for the diverse and creative use of these technologies. The contribution is based on a workshop with children on digitization. This shows that the children surveyed are very concerned about this topic and express specific ideas and wishes. Although they see many advantages in digitization and a way to make their lives easier, they are also aware of the new challenges that it poses to the family. They would like to be better informed about the dangers of the Internet and at the same time complain about restrictions on access to digital devices. In addition, some children are ashamed of their parents’ behavior on social networks.

This observation illustrates the role of adults as role models and emphasizes the importance of developing critical thinking among children and youth, an aspect that Sebastian Gendre emphasized in his speech. The contributions of Ekin, David and their activities in the gym show how new digital tools are changing teaching. As they explain the important foundations for acquiring media skills, they have been laid since infancy. This is why parents, teachers and educators need to understand how young children use the media, integrate this dimension into their work and accompany their children accordingly.

Regarding the question of long awaited digital innovations about continuous communication, it seems that research is still insufficient, and experts argue for completely different points of view. For this reason, in 2019 he will conduct a scientific survey of young people to study the boundaries between connected and autonomous life and the impact of digitization on welfare and free time. Since he was concerned about the inclusion of a wide variety of points of view on digital transformation, the views expressed in subsequent materials do not necessarily reflect the position of the commission.

In addition, one of the characteristics of future aging is not only for people over 75 years old, but now it is even more for people over 80 years old / 85 years old. It is good that after aging the question of longevity is being asked. For this age group, the need for accompaniment and a runny nose is much more common. The silver economy has a great future. Better structured, it can even become an export sector, as is already the case in Japan.

A sector where technological innovation can accompany organizational innovation. In any case, this could help society understand that old age is a source of wealth, including economic wealth, along with proof of our society’s progress in terms of life expectancy. It is important to keep in mind that the demographic revolution of old age is by no means a phenomenon limited by Western countries and Japan: at different speeds, an explosion of over 75 years affects the whole world planet.