Ensuring a safe digital environment is one of the key challenges whereas Data Protection Authorities provide their contribution aimed at a sane education for the new generations. The adoption of the “Personal Data Protection Competency Framework for Educators” at the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), drafted by the Digital Education Working Group (DEWG) has laid the foundations for a comprehensive worldwide action so that this document becomes part of the compulsory education curriculum.
The Working Group Report for the period 2016-2017 emphasized the commitment of many Authorities, including the Office of the Commissioner, in providing their contribution. The translation of the “Competency Framework” in 6 different languages, including Albanian, is considered as a success (original document in English and French). In addition, it underlines that the partnership with competent institutions such as the Ministries of Education, Innovation and Digital Strategy are crucial not only for the inclusion of the “Framework” in the curriculum, but also in optimizing the resources needed in training educators. The report highlights as well the work done by the Data Protection Authorities for promoting this document on their official websites or in conducting awareness-raising activities in schools. Currently, the Commissioner’s Office is piloting the “Privacy and Security” campaign to introduce the “Competency Framework” with educators and psychologists of compulsory education across the country.
Established in 2013, the Digital Education Work Group is co-chaired by the French and Canadian Personal Data Protection Authorities. The Office of the Commissioner is an active member ever since. It is a forum of the International Conference (ICDPPC) which aims at discussing and sharing best practices in promoting digital education in pre-university age groups.