SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
«Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.[…] The free circulation of information, freedom of opinion and expression must be guaranteed, while promoting the ability to grasp and process information (principles 7b and 7c).»
Significance of the indicator
The indicator provides information on the share of the population by age that has general digital skills that go beyond basic skills. At a time of adaptation to the changes brought about by digital transformation, the skills level of the population becomes crucial. The level of digital literacy needs to be upgraded fast enough to keep up with the rate of change in order to avoid a part of the population being left behind both on the labour market and in everyday life. An increase in digital literacy, therefore, is a step towards sustainable development.
Help for interpretation
The digital literacy index is based on the assumption that a certain skills level is required to carry out certain activities. The general index is based on four areas of online activity: information, communication, problem solving and the use of software to process content.
This indicator is comparable at European level.
Comments : No assessment possible for this indicator as the time series is too short.
Digital skills are measured based on a conceptual framework developed at European level. Based on a list of activities carried out on the internet, skill areas are established This list varied over time, which led to breaks in the series.
From 2021, five skill areas have been defined: 1) information and data literacy; 2) communication and collaboration; 3) problem-solving;
4) digital content creation; 5) safety.
For each, it is possible to distinguish levels of competence. A synthetic indicator based on these results for each domain can be used to assess the general level of digital skills of the population.
The methodology used here is based on the hypothesis that users having carried out an activity have the necessary skills to accomplish that task.
7b Access to information and freedom of opinion
There should be no restriction to the flow of information. The freedom to make and express opinion must be guaranteed.
7c Encouraging learning
The ability to grasp and process information in a sophisticated manner should be promoted.
11a Predictability of changes in the system
The framework of the market system should be shaped in such a manner that a long-term outlook is worthwhile and the social change necessary to adapt to future requirements is facilitated.
11b Socially compatible rate of change
The rapidity or slowness of changes in the framework of the economic system must not jeopardise social peace.
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