DIgItal CItIzEnshIp in Early yEars EDuCatIon


The DiCE project is an initiative mainly focused on young children and digital citizenship. The aim is to have young children to gain the the ability to find and use information and to communicate using technology. This means that the better young children understand technology and the more they use it to effectively learn and communicate, the more digitally literate they become. This will make them digital citizens, or people who understand and use technology safely, effectively, and appropriately. This also means that from the time technology is introduced into an early childhood classroom teachers should focus on key points of technology use like internet skills, basic hardware and software skills, online safety, security, privacy, and online awareness. As new technology enriches and supports their education, young digital citizens will be ready to meet any challenges the future may hold and better prepared for lifelong learning. From the other side, preschool educators will be equipped with the required tools and material in order to educate more young people on digital literacy and citizenship through their everyday work to help combat inequalities, discrimination, and cyberbullying in digital world.

Currently, there are training, counselling or coaching e-platforms strictly dedicated to one area. Targeting a holistic approach, the project identified the needs of staff who support adult learners to have at hand, integrated into one, all necessary means to assist the low-skilled and low-qualified adults all through the way on their upskilling path to increase their competitiveness and adaptability in the labor market. In this respect, the project’s overall goal is to empower these professionals with an integrated and innovative iPath2UpSkilling Platform and Programme together with the specific skills required for using it in order to assure high quality upskilling pathways for the low-skilled and low-qualified adults.