8.7 Fostering the creative use of new technologies
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Similarly to what has been described in the previous chapters related to culture, the discussed documents do not regard the young generation as the main target group of their provisions. Nonetheless, Strategy for Responsible Development for the period up to 2020 including the perspective up to 2030 (Strategia na rzecz odpowiedzialnego rozwoju do roku 2020 z perspektywą do roku 2030) has strongly highlighted the importance of human and social capital, especially the need for the increase in quality of formal and informal education, including popularizing the latter in all age groups. The authors of the strategy have highlighted the key importance of digital capacities (regardless of age) in the contemporary world. Important groups at which action is to be aimed are students, teachers and coaches. Education fit for the demands of the job market and development of particular skills, including creativity, has been indicated as an challenge for the education system. Possibilities granted by information-communication technologies have been highlighted as one of the ways of increasing the quality of education. An important aspect of the document is also taking note of the need for continuous, life-long education - due to intense technological development, “technological skills should be trained in every stage of life”.
The issue of facilitating access to culture using new technologies (which, again, concerns the society at large, and not young people specifically) is addressed in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme the Digital Culture (Kultura Cyfrowa), aimed at “rendering digital resources available for reuse for education and research, which includes collation and digitalisation of cultural heritage resources.”
Thus far, every country development strategy has referenced digital access to cultural resources. “Promoting participation in culture through open access to digital heritage resources and the development of cultural infrastructure and basic cultural competences, including digital media literacy among all citizens” was also stipulated as an objective of the National Development Strategy 2020. Simultaneously, in the Long-term National Development Strategy 2030, one of the courses of intervention was “to make available, in accordance with the developed standards of openness, the existing public resources in the sphere of education, science and culture, including public media resources and the public resources of cultural institutions, as well as the outcomes of public content digitisation programmes and of research and development institutions funded by the state, in accordance with copyrights held by them”.
Digitisation and Internet access are also mentioned in the Strategy for Responsible Development 2020 with a 2030 perspective (Strategia na rzecz odpowiedzialnego rozwoju do roku 2020 z perspektywą do roku 2030), which includes the E-State area. This assumes, among other things, “the continuation of the processes related to the digitisation and storage of, as well as access to various types of digital heritage resources in Poland (in museums, libraries and archives, in addition to audio-visual resources and those concerning historic sights), also for the purpose of re-using the resources wherein digitisation should be understood as a modern form of conservation and preservation for the most valuable cultural resources”.