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Policy Statement – LLLP welcomes the European Commission’s vision for a European Education Area laying the foundation for a Social Europe

The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the European Commission’s vision for a European Education Area laying the foundation for a Social Europe
On 14 November, the European Commission released a new Communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” as a contribution to the meeting of EU leaders at the Gothenburg Social Summit today (17 November).  The Lifelong Learning Platform believes that the vision set out by Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Navracsics for a European Education Area by 2025 would […]

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Voluntary Services in France, Challenges and Tendencies

This article was written by David Lopez, President of the LLLP, and originally appeared in the magazine Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement.
First of all, it is important to clarify different terms: In English volunteering is unique word used for different activities. In France we have two words: Bénévolat and Volontariat. The notion of volontariat is relatively recent. Bénévolat is considered as a not paid activity, freely chosen which is generally organised within a non-profit institution. The better translation in English is volunteerism.
Volontariat that we […]

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Mobilising for integrated services rather than fragmented services? Join us!

In your work – whether with young people or with older adults – do you find all too often that the people that you work with are frustrated by services that are fragmented across different sectors or various ages or diverse sub-groups or policies formulated at multiple levels or organizations that work towards the same goal but in conflicting ways?
How can we mobilize to claim more integrated services for all citizens from the cradle to the grave and at every […]

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Policy statement – Adapting European education systems to meet society’s challenges in an ever changing world

LLLPlatform Statement – September 2017 – Download the Statement here
Following its “Communication on improving and modernising education” (7 December 2016), the European Commission (EC) launched a new Youth initiative on schools and higher education named “Strategy for high quality, inclusive, and future-oriented education” on 30 May 2017. The package comprises two renewed EU agendas, one is about modernising education in schools and the other in higher education. Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) positively welcomes the initiatives and […]

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The new approach in entrepreneurship education, a paradigm shift in the EU

This article was written by Ulla-Alexandra Mattl, with the contributions of Pauline Boivin, Andrew Todd and Brikena Xhomaqi as co-authors. It was originally published on the blog of the European Entrepreneurship Hub
“I am almost 18 and I have no idea about taxes, rent or insurance. But, I can analyse a poem. In 4 languages.” This tweet by the 17-year-old Naina sparked a debate in 2015 about the relevance of what students are learning in the classroom. Today, […]

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Erasmusx10 Campaign launched!

This is it!
Earlier this year, President Juncker invited the institutions to be nine times more ambitious!

Juncker declarations follow the political will of a consistent increase of the Erasmus+ budget expressed by several heads of State and government of some Member States such as Belgium, France, Italy. Furthermore, during the Rome Summit on the 60th anniversary of the treaty.
Civil society organisations could not sit on the bench. We accepted the challenge and, within the Erasmus+ Coalition, we came up […]

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LLLP Annual Conference Report published

The Annual Conference 2017 took place on 31 May and 1 June in Tallinn, Estonia. This year’s topic is “Education in a digital world. Reducing inequalities through lifelong learning”. The challenge of education in a digital world commands us to open education as widely as possible to include all, through flexible pathways and innovative thinking in order to enable all to adapt to yet unknown developments. The two days in Tallinn have brought us vibrant inputs, valuable contributions and […]

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Worrying trends in financing education in Europe: down by 11% since 2009!

Recently, Eurostat compiled an informed study on how much of their GDP EU countries destine to education, in all of its forms. The study refers to expenditures in 2015, and data are somehow very low. But they made us wonder: what’s the trend throughout the years?
We have compared the same study that Eurostat publishes regularly, and found out what we feared: Member States are decreasing their share of budget, diminishing the support to education.
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The European Commission published the Annual Erasmus+ work programme for 2018

The European Commission has published the annual Erasmus+ work programme for 2018.
The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the increase in the budget for the Key Action 1 “Learning mobility of individuals” and for the Key Action 2 “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices” in 2018. However, we regretfully remark that no further increase has been proposed for the Key Action 3 “Support for policy reform”.
A further concern is that the efforts invested in implementing and […]

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European Commission’s public consultation on the “Recommendation on Promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning”

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the “Recommendation on Promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning”. The online questionnaire will gauge public opinion on the importance of equipping young people with shared values and how education and non-formal learning can help achieve this aim in view of creating more socially cohesive societies. The results of the public consultation will be used together with the other data and research […]

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