On invitation of the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), ComDev’s Tobias Denskus attended a transnational thematic seminar on “Erasmus+ developing e-skills for jobs” hosted by the Latvian State Education Development Agency in Riga.
Discussing with more than 50 participants, mainly from the Latvian high school and education sector, Tobias spoke about “Communicating development & social change -Teaching child rights in the digital age” as one of only 3 male presenters of the 11 inputs during the day.
From a higher education research perspective, there were two main points to take away from the seminar: First, there is a need for a more critical engagement with the “digital skills” and “future of work agenda” which is dominated by employability concerns of the private sector. The potential downsides of the “digital economy” as well as the commodification of higher education definitely deserve more attention.
And second, the global debate on child rights, data protection and additional aspects of digital citizenship should be linked more directly to the “day to day” concerns of schools and the education administration which are already overwhelmed with demands for more and better education and have too little time for critical reflection.
P.S.: In the spirit of e-skills for jobs the morning selfie before the conference proved very successful on facebook ;)!