Training and Employability

Inclusion in a Knowledge Base Economy in Europe

Using ICT in school, for work and social interaction has become a way of life however, a significant number of young people in Europe fail in acquiring essential ICT in school and do not acquire the skills and competencies necessary for their social and labour market integration. They are thus unable to respond adequately to accelerating technological, scientific and economic change in the societies in which they live.

More than 80% of schools using computers use them in classrooms in the United Kingdom, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway and Portugal. By contrast, in Greece, Hungary and Slovakia the figure is a very low 20%. This is less than a third – in some cases even only slightly more than a quarter – of the European average usage figure (61%).
In terms of internet connections, almost all European schools have internet access. In most countries the penetration rate is slightly below or at 100%. In none country is it below 90%, and the European average is 96%. This picture changes significantly when looking at the type of internet access and thereby considering only those schools with broadband access. Here again the Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Estonia and Malta from the new member states show top rates, with figures above 90%. In stark contrast is Greece, where just 13% of schools have broadband internet access. Poland, Cyprus, Lithuania and Slovakia also show low figures ranging between 28% and 40% which are significantly below the European average of 67%.
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