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Category Archives: Investing in education

LLLP reaction to MFF – an EU budget that empowers its citizens through learning and cooperation

On 2 May, the European Commission released its proposal for the 2021-2027 EU Multiannual Financial Framework. The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the steps towards a rational adjustment of spending in areas such as agriculture and the commitment to double the budget of Erasmus+ – a commendable first step to boost the inclusiveness and accessibility of this iconic EU programme in the field of education, training and lifelong learning. However, instead of an even more ambitious vision for the future of […]

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Press release – Culture and Education for All

Culture and Education for All: Building the Skills for More Resilient Societies
Brussels, 16 March 2018
Civil society organisation[1], European and International Institutions, permanent representations, universities, teachers and stakeholders came together on March 14th to discuss a common approach to linking culture and education. In light of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the European Commission’s 2017 Communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” the debate aimed at discussing possible synergies between the two policy fields […]

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LLL Interest Group: Guiding Principles for a European Lifelong Learning Area

The Lifelong Learning Interest Group, composed of Members of the European Parliament and representatives of civil society, met on 24 January 2018 for the event “Taking stock of Lifelong Learning in Europe – what will a European Education Area bring”, hosted by MEP Sirpa Pietikainen.

The event began with a presentation of the Guiding Principles for Lifelong Learning, based on the outcomes of the Interest Group meetings held since its inception in September 2015. Discussions followed on how the application of these […]

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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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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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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.
2009 – 2013
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The Structure of the European Education Systems

This report provides information on the structure of mainstream education in European countries from pre-primary to tertiary level for the 2016/17 school and academic year. It includes national schematic diagrams, an explanatory guide and maps showing the main organisational models of pre-primary and compulsory education. The information is available for 43 European education systems covering 38 countries participating in the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.

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Global Report on Adult Education calls on investments in Lifelong Learning

The main objective of the report, launched on the 50th anniversary of the International Literacy Day, is to take stock of countries’ progress in implementing commitments to adult learning and education (ALE) made at the 2009 International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI). The study, drawing on 139 countries’ response to the GRALE III survey, shows that most States have made progress in ALE policy development, governance, financing, quality and reach since 2009. Furthermore, 124 countries consider that ALE has had a […]

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Leading UN Human Rights Body puts Students before Profit

In recognising the “significant importance of investment in public education, to the maximum of available resources,” the resolution adopted during the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) stresses that education  policies and programs are consistent with human rights standards and principles. “This resolution reaffirms that public education is the foundation of universal human rights,” said Education International (EI) General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. This puts the burden of regulation squarely on the shoulders of governments to make sure […]

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