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Improving and Modernising Education: Weaving principles of inclusiveness throughout education systems

LLLPlatform Statement – January 2017 – Download the Statement here…
On 7th December 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘Communication on improving and modernising education’, unveiling its ambition to modernise education systems and strategically mobilise education systems for “our societies and economic development”, focusing on the investment in education, modernising and reforming different stages of education and accessibility of education. The content of the Communication will be discussed at the Maltese Presidency Conference on “School Leadership, Equity and Inclusivity” […]

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Malta takes over EU Council Presidency

On 1 January, Malta will be taking over the Presidency of the EU Council. This is the first time Malta presides the Council since its accession in 2004. In line with hot-topics, its priorities largely focus on migration policies, namely strengthening and streamlining the Common European Asylum System or revising the Dublin Regulation. Malta wants to push for a holistic approach to migration, including both the internal and external aspect and tackle the root causes of migration. Social policy will also be […]

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LLLPlatform meets with Navracsics Cabinet

LLLP President David Lopez, Secretary General Gina Ebner and Director Brikena Xhomaqi met with Commissioner Navracsics’ Cabinet, following the open letter that LLLP sent regarding this year’s edition of the ETY Forum. The Platform stressed that more (high-level) consultation with civil society and more support to it is necessary, in a form of structured dialogue. Our comments were welcomed and encouraged, and will be reflected in 2017 Education and Training related activities and events.

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From words to action: Investments and cooperation to make VET great again!

BRUSSELS, 8 December 2016 / The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to improve attractiveness and image of vocational education and training by launching the first European Vocational Skills Week during 5-9 December 2016. The Commission has brought the VET week as one as a part of its communication “A New Skills Agenda for Europe” through, wanting to showcase vocational studies as a first class option.
VET education, both secondary and post-secondary, has been suffering from poor reputation and […]

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“The project development workshop was my road to success”

A few months ago, Wouter Hustinx was awarded European funding, and what’s more, for the first EU project he had ever written! “The project development workshop “Education goes digital” was his road to success,” says the head of the expertise center on educational innovation at PXL University College in Hasselt, Belgium. Today, Wouter Hustinx shares his best tips for a successful project development workshop and a good start to EU funding.
The “Education goes digital” workshop was organised in December […]

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Global launch of the results of latest PISA survey on 6 December 2016

On 6 December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release the 2015 results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of reading literacy, mathematics, and science given every three years to fifteen-year-olds in more than seventy countries and economies worldwide. This year’s results will focus on science. The OECD and Education Policy Institute will host a global launch event in London at the Institute of Directors with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Andreas […]

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Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Launch: How are we going to reduce the Skills Gap?

Digitalisation has already started and will inevitably affect all sectors. Automation, robotisation… are terms that have integrated our vocabulary and have become part of our daily lives, but that we still have trouble understanding the extent of and that few are not fully prepared for.  Indeed, “there is a change in the nature of the race between man and the machine, and the machine is running faster,” said keynote speaker Ryan Avent. In spite of this reality, […]

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Time to be Welcome: European Volunteers supportinh Refugees’ Integration

Time to be Welcome aims at encouraging young volunteers and youth organisations all over Europe to welcome young refugees and migrants and support their integration process through the use of non-formal education and youth work. At the same time, the project wants to raise awareness among the public opinion in Europe to be tolerant and more open towards migrants. The project will involve approximately 60 volunteers.
The project is led by the World Scout Movement (WOSM, project applicant) and is implemented […]

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LLL Interest Group meets to discuss the New Skills Agenda for Europe

In order to be turned into comprehensive lifelong learning strategies at national/regional level, bridges should be built between education, employment and social policies, in a reinforced dialogue and cooperation with civil society. That is why several MEPs and civil society organisations met on 30 November to discuss the new Skills Agenda for Europe with Slovak Presidency of the EU Council and DG EMPL representatives. The event took place just a few days after the EU Council under Slovak Presidency […]

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