Digital Literacy and the Right to Education

In the last decades the public and the private sectors have become increasingly digitized. Digital literacy appears to be the key skill required to comply with the digitization of public services and ensure that millions of citizens remain employable at a time when there is growing need for technology knowledge. However, few countries offer training on digital literacy. Thus far, the right to education has focused on access to education and non-discrimination, whereas substantive requirements have been limited to the promotion of minimum educational standards and training that enables all persons to participate effectively in a free society. This paper inquires whether digital literacy should be considered as part of the right to education. It argues that in the digital age, investing in improving the digital literacy of children and young adults will be needed for adequate participation, as recently highlighted by the Council of Europe.