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Category Archives: Policy Debates

Fighting inequalities in education and training

Wed 10 December, 09:30-12:30 // University Foundation, Rue d’Egmont 11 (Metro Trone), Brussels
The social dimension of lifelong learning has been neglected in the 1st cycle of the Europe 2020 and ET2020 strategies. Learning is powerful in getting people more engaged in society in its economic, political and social dimensions. Providing high quality learning opportunities to all and especially to the most disadvantaged is crucial not only for our ageing workforce to cope with ever more competitive and changing labour markets, […]

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Efficient and equitable funding of education

Tue 9 December, 15:00-18:00 // European Economic and Social Committee, Citizens’ Auditorium (Room REM-1), Rue Belliard 93, Brussels 
There has been a growing support for long-term investment in education and training from the EU, stakeholders and citizens. However, although our socio-economic models rely heavily on quality education, budgets are shrinking in most EU Member States. There is a clear lack of coherence between the call for sustainable investment in growth-friendly areas, such as education, and the call for austerity measures, which damages […]

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VNFIL: All aboard! How to reach the targeted public?

Thu 11 December, 09:30-12:45 // European Parliament, Room JAN 6Q1, Brussels
Some 80 million EU employees, the unemployed and particularly the young unemployed will purportedly need to update their skills and qualifications in order to improve their employment prospects and find gainful employment. Creating a sense of self-worth and self-confidence of all EU citizens and enhancing their position and acceptance in society is​ ​just as​ ​important. The validation of non-formal and informal learning is an important​ ​tool in tackling​ ​these challenges.
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Digital wave: supporting a cultural shift in learning systems?

The debate on harnessing the potential of ICT for education and training has become more and more vivid. In 2013 a new Commission Communication on “Opening Up Education” has been made public, echoing the commitments made in the Digital Agenda. After the launch of the Open Education Europa portal, many actions are to be undertaken in 2014 to concretise EU recommendations in the field of digital learning. It is now up to Member States to show political will and relay the […]

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Building together the future of learning

EUCIS-LLL organised its third Lifelong Learning Week in the European Parliament, Brussels, from 2 to 6 December 2013. This year, the Week had a particular focus on the upcoming European Elections of Spring 2014. At this occasion EUCIS-LLL launched its Manifesto ”Building together the future of learning” for the European elections.
The round table aimed to present and discuss EUCIS-LLL Manifesto and on how to modernise education and training systems in Europe with members of the various groups of the European […]

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Measuring Progress in Lifelong Learning

EUCIS-LLL organised an international seminar on “Measuring progress in Lifelong Learning” on 5 December (12:00 to 15:00) in the framework of its Lifelong Learning Week.
Progress is defined as development towards an improved or more advanced condition and as such, is highly subjective and subjected to various political interpretations and measurement methods. Our nations’ progress is a holistic concept encompassing infinite fields of policy action including lifelong learning for its various individual and societal benefits. The EU has set ambitious goals […]

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Making the Case of European Civic Education

EUCIS-LLL and the European Civic Forum organised a round table on “Making the case for European Civic Education” during the Lifelong Learning Week –  4 December (9’00-12’00).
We believe that the current economic downturn poses a serious challenge to fundamental rights and democratic citizenship through rising unemployment, shrinking public spending and raising xenophobia and populism. Popular support for the European project has dramatically decreased over the last years, whereas European issues are increasingly piercing the public sphere and discourses all over […]

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Entrepreneurship skills: common understanding? Common expectations?

EUCIS-LLL and the EPP Group organised a policy lunch debate on “Entrepreneurship skills: common understanding? Common expectations” in the framework of the Communication “Rethinking Education” on 18 June 2013 (12′-14′). It was hosted by MEP Heinz K Becker in the European Parliament. The idea of this policy debate was to share ideas and experiences on how to build a stronger culture of entrepreneurship among European citizens. Read the General Report…

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Partnerships for LLL, a new idea?

The Commission’s Communication on “Rethinking Education: Investing in Education for better socio-economic outcomes” emphasises the need for a collaborative work with all relevant stakeholders as a “systematic part of the policy approach”. This priority is further developed in the accompanying Staff Working Document (SWD) on “Partnership and flexible pathways for lifelong skills development” which presents cooperation between different stakeholders, policy sectors and levels of governance as key for the efficient management of lifelong learning strategies. This […]

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Basic Skills for Inclusive Growth, 2012

As the Commission just released a Communication on “Rethinking Education: investing in skills for better economic and social outcomes” notably recommending raising the level of basic skills, EUCIS-LLL organised a public hearing on “Basic Skills for Inclusive Growth: a civil society perspective” on 28 November at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. The public hearing, organised within the framework of EUCIS-LLL’s “Lifelong Learning Week 2012”, aimed to highlight the fact that progress in equipping citizens with basic […]

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