Ensuring equal access to education and training is essential so that every individual, regardless of her/his origin, socio-economic status, mental or physical condition, gender or age can benefit from tailored learning opportunities. Access to lifelong learning is a matter of equal chances to participate fully in society, get high-quality jobs and achieve personal development.
Inequalities in our education and training systems are only a part of large-scale inequalities which are particularly negatively affecting vulnerable groups such as migrants and refugees and pushing them to the margins of society. Clearly, educational attainment levels are linked to more and better employment, health, democratic and social participation. Therefore, efforts should be made to give equal opportunities to all, which implies de-segregating our educational institutions and commiting to eliminate prejudices and discrimination. Encouraging volunteering in local communities can also contribute to further consolidating social cohesion.
Last but not least, it is crucial to address the emotional aspects of pedagogy and learner well-being, in a learner-centred approach. It is important to bear in mind non-cognitive factors such as habits, values and poverty to understand and overcome educational underachievement. Participatory and inclusive educational settings rely more and more on teamwork, collaborative learning and peer learning.
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