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Public Consultation – Ireland’s New National Digital Strategy

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) participated in consultation sessions on a new National Digital Strategy, hosted by The Department of the Taoiseach, helping to create a framework for the development of a new National Digital Strategy.

Following on from this initial consultation the Government has launched a Public Consultation on a new National Digital Strategy on the 22nd of October, running for one month, inviting members of the public and interested stakeholders to make submissions.

The following are some publications and information with recommendations that may be helpful to you when framing your submission and recommendations for the government to consider.

NYCI has been working on the use of Digital Technology in Youth Work through all of its programmes, including Arts, Child Protection, Development Education, Health and through International seminars, study visits and research. The Screenagers project http://www.youth.ie/screenagers brought youth workers and organisations together to discuss the potential of digital technology to contribute to youth work’s mission to empower young people, to enable them to become creators rather than consumers in the digital world and explored their concerns around capacity and a lack of coordinated policy and guidance. led the international Erasmus funded Screenagers International Research project, during which it surveyed or interviewed 283 Irish youth workers to further explore the training and support they would require to enable them to use technology more effectively in youth work. Recommendations from the Irish report such as Develop a National Digital Plan for the Youth sector and Establish a Digital Youth Work Support Unit for the Youth Work sector can be found in the NYCI report. We continue to catalyse and partner in a range of domestic and European projects to address needs such as training through the TechSpace STEM in Youth work Maker Project and policy development through a EU Commission expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth 2016-2018. The group recently published policy recommendations, training needs and good practice examples for youth workers and decision makers.

Your submission will help identify the issues and priorities that matter to the youth sector, and create a strong new National Digital Strategy.

Find out more about the Public Consultation on Ireland’s New National Digital Strategy here.