All posts by Andrea Lapegna

New Study: Public investment on education and training in the EU: trends, challenges and future prospects

The Lifelong Learning Platform is proud to publish its study for the ongoing campaign on “Invest in ET”.

While the value of quality education and training is strongly acknowledged across EU Member States, it remains the case that public expenditure has failed to recover to pre-financial crisis levels at the EU level. This paper tracks the extent to which public expenditure on education and training has changed over time and puts forth the case for a marked increase in levels of public expenditure as a necessary policy tool for addressing the economic and social fallout of Covid-19.

Check it out here.

Register to the LLLAB 2022 – Lifelong learning entitlements for the future of Europe

For its 2022 edition, and under the patronage of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, LLLP will bring this laboratory to Nice, France where we will be discussing “Lifelong learning entitlements for the future of Europe”. Save the date for 30-31 May, where education stakeholders from European and French contexts will come together to stir the new generation of cooperation in education and training.

Register here

How can we promote EU cooperation in education, training and lifelong learning in national contexts? How can we plant the seed for the creation of a national lifelong learning platform in order to build bridges between sectors?

The Lifelong Learning Platform is delighted to present its pilot activity, the Lifelong Learning Lab – National Training for Education Stakeholders. With this format, LLLP seeks to keep the momentum of EU cooperation to assess EU citizens’ capacity to participate in policy-making, suggest solutions and break silos in the education sectors. Further to this, and following the policy recommendation in its Feasibility study, LLLP would also like to explore the possibilities for national lifelong learning platforms.

The goals will be pursued through a two-day event during which LLLP will take participants through a wide range of topics, spacing from EU cooperation in education and training, to EU decision-making processes, and from civil society engagement to national contexts.

Register here

CEV – European Year of Volunteers 2025

Add your support now to declare 2025 the European Year of Volunteers. Only 500 endorsements are needed to make this idea top of the group! Success would be a fitting tribute to the efforts and impact of volunteers during the COVID19 and Ukraine refugee crisis. The European Year of Volunteers 2025 will shine the spotlight on the essential collective actions of volunteers leading to increased health and well being in Europe and provide a suitable framework to better celebrate and reinforce positive recognition of volunteers in Europe. Connect on the #COFOE platform and endorse this idea here.

LLLAB 22 – Registrations open!

The registrations for the 2nd edition of the Lifelong Learning Lab are officially open!

Under the patronage of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, LLLP will bring this laboratory to Nice, France where we will be discussing “Lifelong learning entitlements for the future of Europe”. Save the date for 30-31 May, where education stakeholders from European and French contexts will come together to stir the new generation of cooperation in education and training.

Dive into this innovative laboratory, explore cooperation between education stakeholders in Europe and in France

More info: https://bit.ly/lllab22
Registration form: https://bit.ly/lllab22reg

LLLP Reaction to Individual Learning Accounts and Microcredentials – A first step to learning entitlements?

The European Union has put forward some serious ambitions in the field of education and training, particularly with regard to upskilling and reskilling the European adult population for the Twin Transitions, aiming to achieve a target of 60% of adults in education or training by 2030 (European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan). Two major tools are being proposed to achieve this endeavour: individual learning accounts,  and micro-credentials. Following a two year process of consultations with experts, stakeholders and Member States, on 10 December the European Commission published its Proposals for Council Recommendations on Individual Learning Accounts and for a European Approach to Micro-credentials. 

The Lifelong Learning Platform – European Civil Society for Education – welcomes the European ambition to foster lifelong learning through these two new initiatives that can pave the way to broadening access to learning opportunities for all. The synergies between the two proposals are numerous and promising, however, these will depend on their implementation at national and institutional level. 

Read our full reaction here

Lifelong Learning Platform calls for solidarity among the education community and peaceful resolution in the Russia-Ukraine conflict

The ensuing conflict and turmoil that has swept across the country over the past weeks has sent shockwaves across Europe, imposing a degree of fear, worry and uncertainty on the innocent citizens. 

From each corner of Europe, the voice of civil society organisations have been calling for peace, solidarity and a swift resolution that prioritizes civilian lives first. The Lifelong Learning Platform and its members fully unite with this effort, calling on the entirety of the education and training community to actively engage with both advocating for an abrupt end to the violence as well as reaching out the hands of solidarity, support and understanding wherever possible and whenever needed. 

It is our unwavering position that the education community must commit to this plight as a matter of preserving the values of education as an emancipatory force. The range of this support varies from advocating for accessible educational corridors, to financial aid, to stamping out and working against both misinformation and disinformation at every turn. At a time when the principles of solidarity, democracy and mutual respect are under severe strain, LLLP reiterates the crucial role that the education community can provide in upholding and safeguarding these principles in terms of both rhetoric and action. We call for more peace education and no military efforts for this and any conflict to be solved today and in the future. 

#WeStand4Peace #StopViolence #PeaceEducation

EESC Civil Society Days 2022 – Register now!

In the aftermath of the pandemic, Europe is facing unprecedented and pressing challenges. With the Conference on the Future of Europe close to the final stages of its work to address these challenges, the 2022 hybrid edition of Civil Society Days will explore how Europe can become more resilient through a just transition; one that will benefit people and the environment and, at the same time, increase European prosperity.

Join online the discussions with our distinguished speakers, who will be sharing their views on the challenges of a fit-for-future economy that creates shared prosperity, and take part in our seven workshops to explore the key role of civil society in this endeavour.

Your participation and input are most welcome!

Please find the draft agenda here.

Register here by 10 March.

Take a minute to watch our teaser video here 📽️ and feel free to share this invitation with your networks!

Follow the EESC Liaison Group on Twitter. #CivSocDays

For any questions related to the event, please contact Ms Karen Serafini by e-mail or by telephone (+32(0)2 546 94 45).

Should you wish to be informed about further civil society events, please click here.

EucA – New Training in Student Affairs/Campus Life

EucA are very pleased to announce the first edition of the University Master Programme in “Training of experts in Student Affairs/Campus Life”.
The Master is designed to develop key competencies for professionals in universities and in halls of residence, who deal with all extra-academic matters (Student Affairs) that concern university students and their soft skills’ development.
Thanks to a combined model of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary actions, it will provide a professional training model in which experts will work in teams with different profiles: psychological, pedagogical, organizational and legal.
The Master is promoted by LUMSA University in collaboration with EucA (European University College Association) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) for Directors of University Halls of Residence, Tutors in Colleges and Halls of Residence, Coaches, Career Guidance and Orientation Professionals, Psychologists, Pedagogists, Sociologists and Teachers.
In details:
Period: March 2022 – February 2023
Duration: 12 Months
Credits: 60 ECTS
Language: English
Cost: € 2.616,00
Contents: 6 Modules
  • Student learning and development
  • Advising and supporting
  • Assessment, evaluation and research
  • Educational leadership
  • Organizations and human resources
  • Digital education

Learning delivery mode: online
(Please note that the Kick-off Meeting on 25- 26 March 2022 will be in presence in Rome and the final meeting will be in the USA (travel and accommodation will be paid by the participants and the participation is not mandatory).
Deadline to apply: 28 February 2022
Contact person: Mariagrazia Melfi m.melfi@euca.eu

Save the date for the LLLab 30-31 May 2022

How can we promote EU cooperation in education, training and lifelong learning in national contexts? How can we plant the seed for the creation of a national lifelong learning platform in order to build bridges between sectors?

The Lifelong Learning Platform is delighted to present its 2022 version of this pilot activity, the Lifelong Learning Lab – National Training for Education Stakeholders. With this format, LLLP seeks to keep the momentum of EU cooperation to assess EU citizens’ capacity to participate in policy-making, suggest solutions and break silos in the education sectors. Further to this, and following the policy recommendation in its Feasibility study, LLLP would also like to explore the possibilities for national lifelong learning platforms.

The goals will be pursued through a new two-day event during which LLLP will take participants through a wide range of topics, spacing from EU cooperation in education and training, to EU decision-making processes, and from civil society engagement to national contexts. In 2022, and under the patronage of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, LLLP will bring this laboratory to Nice, France where we will be discussing “Lifelong learning entitlements for the future of Europe”. Save the date for May 30-31 2022, where education stakeholders from European and French contexts will come together to stir the new generation of cooperation in education and training.