The IFIP Executive Committee has confirmed the establishment of a new Task Force on “Sustaining relevant digital inclusive education for young people (5-18 years of age)”. 

The new group will initially focus on digital transformation relating to the United Nations Transforming Education Agenda.

It will also engage closely with UNESCO to support its activities in this space, which have included a Transforming Education Summit in September and a Pre-Summit at the UNESCO HQ in Paris in June. 

The UN is responding to what it calls “a global crisis in education – one of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance. Often slow and unseen, this crisis is having a devastating impact on the futures of children and youth worldwide with progress toward the education-related Sustainable Development Goals badly off track.”

The IFIP Task Force will also build on work being carried out by IFIP TC3 to develop a Universal Declaration on “Sustainable Education in a Digital Age of rapidly emerging Technologies”, along with national curricula and plans relating to the teaching of Informatics and a Curriculum Framework for Informatics being proposed for Europe.