Panels and Debates
The Role of Digitalisation in Shaping an Education-led Recovery for High-quality and Resilient Education
The panel discussion is a joint initiative of ETUCE and EFEE, European Sectoral Social Partners in Education, seekings to bring together the perspectives of teachers, education employers, students and policymakers in education at the European level to discuss the future scenarios of education in the digital era.
Drawing on lessons from emergency online teaching and learning, the speakers at the panel will address a question that is crucial to the future of education: “How to support a systemic education-led recovery for a resilient and high-quality education in a digital area through the participation of all the stakeholders in education?”.
Building on the experience of social dialogue in education, the panel discussion will provide concrete ideas and policy recommendations combining the different perspectives of education stakeholders. Besides, the event will provide the participants with hands-on experience on how to implement a decision-making process that uses the method of the whole-school approach in education. Furthermore, participants will get an in-depth understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and future perspectives of digitalisation in education, by discussing concrete testimonies and experiences from the speakers.
The ETUCE President, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), Belgium
Larry Flanagan is President of ETUCE and General Secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, the country’s largest teacher union. Prior to taking up this post, Larry had 33 years of experience as a practitioner across a variety of roles but primarily as a Principal Teacher of English. He is a Council member of both the UK and Scottish Trades Union Congresses.
Policy Officer, EFEE
Samira Bührer is Policy Officer at the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE). She has been representing the education employer side in the framework of the project “e-Speed: European Social Partners in Education Embracing Digitalisation: Challenges and opportunities for European education trade unions and employer organisations in the digital era”. Samira is passionate about reflecting about the opportunities the future bears for (school) education, in particular with regards to digital education.
Martina Di Ridolfo
Programme Officer for Digitalisation and OSH, ETUCE
Martina Di Ridolfo is Programme Officer at the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) where she is responsible for the policy areas on Digitalisation and Occupational Health and Safety. ETUCE has longstanding activities on digitalisation and artificial intelligence in education advocating for quality and inclusive education for all based on meaningful social dialogue. Martina has been working in the education sector for three years. In her life, she strives for sustainable and fair economies and societies.
EFEE Vice-President and CEO , CNEF
Rodrigo Melo is Vice-President of EFEE and CEO of CNEF Rodrigo Melo is Vice-President of EFEE and CEO of CNEF - National Confederation of Education and Training (Portugal). Rodrigo has a degree in Law and a PhD in Education. He teaches and researches at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. In 2018 he co-authored the report Reshaping Schools for a T-World on the challenges for schools brought by the digital revolution. He is member of the National Educational Council and Chairman of ECNAIS.
Member of the Executive Committee European Students’ Union (ESU), Ghent University., Belgium
Ruben Janssens is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union. He works on topics concerning the quality of higher education in Europe, with a particular focus on learning & teaching, digitalisation of education, the European Universities Initiative and mental health. Ruben is also a PhD researcher in artificial intelligence and social robotics at Ghent University in Belgium.