As well as having the necessary technical infrastructure, the development of a digital economy requires the population to be trained in the use of new technologies.
Digital literacy improves access to jobs, community participation and the consumption of goods and services. For this reason, Spain’s position in terms of training the population in new technologies, both via the ‘formal’ education system and the more ‘informal’ learning settings has been examined.
In terms of basic training, the percentage of adults (16-74 years) with basic digital competencies must be valued.
The European Commission has measured this variable and Spain ranks 16th out of 30. On the other hand, Iceland and the Nordic countries are leaders in this technological indicator that is so fundamental for the economy.
Examines the level of application of technology in the education system.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Spanish system is in 30th place of the 39 countries included in the report, below the EU Big4.
The Programme for International Student Assessment Report, better known as the PISA Report, measures the capacity of the education system to educate pupils every three years.
In mathematics Spain ranks 25th out of 39 other countries examined, quite a distance away from Japan, the leader in this category.
The same PISA Report shows that, in terms of pupils’ reading comprehension, Spain is in 21st place out of 39, below the OECD average.
In addition, PISA Report considers the pupils’ science education.
Spain ranks 24th out of 39 countries, ahead of Italy but behind France.
The digital capacities of a country are also measured by the digital level of its education system, that is, Internet access at schools.
Spain ranks 36th out of 39, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Online training is measured through the percentage of people in a country that do online training.
According to the OECD, 59% of the Spanish population is involved in online learning. Spain ranks 6th out of 30 and is ahead of Germany, France and Italy.