Education is playing a key role in preparing young people for the challenges and expectations of the labour market. It should help in acquiring the necessary basic and some advanced skills and competences, among others the digital skills as well. The current Hungarian public educational system is lagging behind the fast changing digital world‘s expectations. Steps have been made in order to correct the thematic focus of some subjects; however, a more generic reform is needed that will prepare the students for the expectations of the digital world.
In order to understand the requirements, set by the key members of the Hungarian ICT sector, a research was carried out in cooperation with the National Ministry of Development that clearly showed: there are currently 22,000 unfilled ICT job vacancies in Hungary. The current Hungarian public educational system requires a reform both in terms of the curriculum and the applied teaching methods in order to be able to prepare the young people for the ICT job market and to fill in the unfilled job vacancies.
IVSZ participates in regular discussions with relevant ministries as well as with the members of the ICT sector in order to define the necessary steps of the educational reform. IVSZ defined a Program for promoting digital education in schools, which was published in June 2015 and catalysed the further discussions. Since then IVSZ strives to bring in and penetrate digital technologies in public education as one of the key milestones of the above mentioned programme. The Digital Thematic Week (DTH) initiative of the Ministry of Human Capacities, which was coordinated by IVSZ, was the first real step in this direction after the EU Code Week 2015, which was organized in Hungary also by IVSZ. More than 785 school joined the DTH initiative and indicated they would implement one or more digital projects, involving one or more subjects, which require the cooperation of teachers and students. The result of DTH2016 is that more than 5,000 teachers (20% of all school teachers) and more than 78,000 students got involved in the digital education projects during this single week.
Beside the above mentioned activities IVSZ is taking part in the revision of the outcome descriptions for IT professions in higher education and in vocational education. In higher education IVSZ is the main civil partner for the Conference of the Rectors, regarding IT faculties. In vocational education and training IVSZ is working with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry responsible for updating qualifications.
IVSZ also takes part in the creation of the Digital Education strategy under the Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
Citizens of the 21st century need digital skills to find and keep a job (all top jobs require digital skills), to understand how the digital world works around us or to manage basic processes from home. The eSkills for jobs campaign of the European Commission raises awareness of people on the importance of digital skills. IVSZ implements several communication activities in Hungary, among others the above mentioned ones as well.