Merkel bets on digitization as a driving force to overcome the economic crisis

The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has advocated this Saturday for the digitization in schools and in employment to overcome the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Merkel has specifically referred to digital classes for children and adolescents, studying in “virtual university classrooms” and teleconferencing in the work routine.

“All of this was born from the crisis caused by this pandemic, but we can see it as a smooth sailing, as a smooth sailing that we want to take advantage of to give a strong boost to digital education in Germany,” the president stressed.

The Chancellor has acknowledged that daily life has undergone major changes that affect everyone, including contact restrictions, health concerns, limitations on freedom and the inability to travel.

“Someday, all of this will be left behind, I am convinced. But one thing will remain true: our lives have become more digital,” she has observed.

This Monday, the head of the German Government will discuss this issue with the Minister of Education, Anja Karliczek, and with experts from the federal states and the education and business sectors.

Through the so-called “digital education initiative”, the Government hopes to improve learning through digital offerings and strengthen knowledge on the most important aspects of digitization.

Merkel has stressed that the use of digital offers is increasingly important in everyday life and that especially many older people would like more help in this area.

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