Chancellor Angela Merkel is certain: the Corona crisis will continue to shape our everyday lives in the future. Digital developments in particular could give Germany a boost.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is relying on a boost in digitization through the Corona crisis. In her weekly video podcast published on Saturday, she referred to digital lessons for children and adolescents, studying “in virtual lecture halls” and video conferences in everyday working life. “All of this was born from the crisis of this pandemic, but we can also see it as a tailwind. Tailwind that we want to use to give digital education in Germany a powerful boost.”
Everyday life changed dramatically in the pandemic, and that affects everyone, said Merkel, citing the contact restrictions, concerns about health, restricted freedom and not having to travel. “One day we will leave all of this behind, I am convinced of that. One thing will remain certain: our lives have become more digital.”
“Initiative Digitale Bildung” aims to improve learning with digital offers
On Monday, Merkel wants to talk to Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU) in an online discussion with experts from the federal states, the education sector and business on the topic. So far there have been major problems with digital school education in Germany. Especially when schools are closed in lockdown, it becomes apparent that the digital infrastructure in many educational institutions is insufficient.
The “Digital Education Initiative” should now improve learning with digital offers and strengthen knowledge about the most important fields of digitization, said the Chancellor. Competent handling of digital offers is also becoming increasingly important in everyday life. We know that many older people in particular want more offers of help.
The Chancellor also referred to a new app developed by the Adult Education Association, which has been available for download since Saturday. You can move through a virtual city in it. Using examples and knowledge tests, it explains what digitalization means in everyday life: from smartwatches with health functions to home offices with video conferences to smarthomes with remote-controlled lighting systems.