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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Yesterday, 24 November, the STEM Alliance conference: Skilling up the next generation for an innovative Europe – together! was held in Brussels under the auspices of the Pact4Youth, a mutual engagement of business and the European Union leaders, initiated by CSR Europe, to support youth employability and inclusion. The meeting was co-chaired by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and Viscount Etienne Davignon, Belgian Minister of State and President of CSR Europe. […]
The Civil Society Day, co-organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Lifelong Learning Platform, was held on 19 October in Brussels, as introduction to the Education, Training and Youth Forum (20-21 October). Gathering a wide number of educational stakeholders, the Commission invited them to deliver an opinion to feed its upcoming communication. The key messages are available in the Consultation Outcomes. This year’s focus was on “Promoting inclusive education and […]