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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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Financing Education 2030

“The fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) is an opportunity the world cannot afford to miss. 75 million children are denied their right to a high-quality education due to crises and 250 million children are not learning basic skills in numeracy and literacy. Achieving inclusive and quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030 will require all hands on deck.” Read UNESCO’s IIIEP Letter on Financing Education 2030.

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The LLLPlatform welcomes the adoption of the New Skills Agenda for Europe

On 10 June, European Commissioners Thyssen and Katainen announced the adoption of a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe, officially launched on 20 June in Brussels. The aim of this new policy framework is to ensure that the right training, skills and support is available to European Union citizens and to equip them for good-quality jobs and help them fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. It will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe. The LLLPlatform would also […]

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ETUCE Survey Reports ring an alarm bell on the state of funding in education

The ETUCE has published 2 new Survey Reports on the “State of Funding in Education, Teachers’ working conditions and Trade union actions, Social dialogue and Collective bargaining” in Central and Eastern European countriesand in Western European countries. The 2 Reports are a comprehensive ‘state of play’ which combines the outcomes of eight years of economic crisis and fiscal consolidation measures on public finance of education systems, teachers’ working conditions, the role of teacher unions, and the major trends […]

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