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Investing in education

The LLLPlatform has been raising the need to invest in education – formal and non-formal through the development of validation schemes, the provision of adult education, teacher training, targeted measures for disadvantaged groups and to prevent early school leaving.

Evidence is striking; the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion in the EU increased from 114 million in 2009 to 122,3 million in 2014. In January 2016, the youth unemployment rate was 19.7 % in the EU-28 – 48% in Greece, 45% in Spain, 44% in Croatia; while those neither in employment nor in education and training (NEETs) have significantly increased in OECD countries since the start of the crisis. Inequalities persist in European education and training systems where vulnerable groups such as migrants are particularly disadvantaged.

Beyond formal education, participation of adults in lifelong learning has been stagnating for many years (PIAAC) and 20% of the EU working age population has low literacy and numeracy skills, reducing by half their chances to be employed but also to access basic welfare services, participate in democratic and associative life or develop a sense of social cohesion. One of the key findings of the Education and Training Monitor 2014 is that socio-economic and socio-cultural inequalities continue to impact negatively upon educational outcomes.

The cost of non-investing in education especially for the most vulnerable groups is very high. Lower-skilled adults in literacy are for instance twice less likely to be employed but also to access basic welfare services, participate in democratic and associative life or even develop a sense of social cohesion.

The LLLPlatform is thus calling for a long-term and sustainable investment in lifelong learning.

Resources

  • State of the Union – No education, no recovery

    The State of the Union (SOTEU) speech is a customary intervention where the President of the European Commission explains the vision for the year to come. President Von der Leyen addressed the European Parliament in her first-ever SOTEU since she took office in 2019. 
    Many of the European actions for the future are directed towards the recovery from the health and economic crisis. These actions can’t be carried out nationally – she explained – and the current situation reinforces the […]

  • How can a strong grant system pave the way for a revolution in lifelong learning?

    This contribution is an interview of LLLP Director Brikena Xhomaqi and first appeared on the #Erasmus500 website
    The LLLPlatform has a holistic vision of lifelong learning, from cradle to grave. In its manifesto in 2015 on “Building the Future of Learning in Europe” we call for inclusive, quality, modern and democratic education systems for all. Grant systems are at the heart of an inclusive education that helps overcoming social and economic barriers for learners to access quality learning opportunities […]

  • Next EU Budget: Lack of political ambition leads to cut on social Europe

    On Tuesday, July 21st, and after over four days of intense negotiations, European leaders finally reached an agreement over the next seven-year EU Budget and closely-related Recovery Fund. 
    To any external observer, it was clear that the EU own budget would have fallen victim to the economic needs of the Recovery Fund (called ‘Next Generation EU’), which prompted bitter disputes between Member States. The Multiannual Financial Framework for the next cycle (2021-2027) is 1.074 trillion euros, plus the extraordinary […]

  • Erasmus+ Coalition joint statement on the revised proposal for EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

    The European Commission’s revised proposal for the next long-term EU budget (2021-2027) brings both hope and disappointment. The strong commitment to European cooperation and public investment demonstrated by its proposed allocation of 1.1 trillion euros, along with 750 billion euros for recovery instrument NextGenerationEU, is a positive sign for the future of Europe. Addressing the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the green and digital transitions, certainly requires ambitious public investment. In this regard, Europe […]

  • The revised EU budget: is it enough to build a learning Europe?

    On 27 May, the European Commission published its revised proposal for the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027) along with the new financial instrument Next Generation EU aimed at helping EU Member States recover from the crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together these amount to a total of 1.85 trillion euros for the next seven-year period. 

    We welcome this ambitious financial package as a clear demonstration of the added value that European cooperation brings in such challenging times. Nevertheless, while […]

  • Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies – Let’s make it happen

    The European discourse on sustainability has gained the centre of policy arenas and has spilt over all fields, including lifelong learning. Nowadays, it is no longer enough to have an outlook on the future of education, and we rather have to imagine the future of learning with sustainability as a polar star. Such was the spark that lit the debate for the LLLP webinar “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies”, that took place on May 27th. 

    To be sustainable, education and […]

  • New publication – Erasmus+ implementation survey results

    The LLLPlatform runs an annual review of the Erasmus+ programme implementation amid beneficiaries and civil society organisations. Curious to know what beneficiaries of Erasmus+ think of the programme?

    Following the success of the Erasmus+ implementation surveys from previous years, the Lifelong Learning Platform ran its 2019 Erasmus+ Implementation Survey from 6 September to 14 November 2019. In the same lines as last year’s survey, only European level organisations were targeted and a total of 40 responses were collected. By targeting European […]

  • NEW – LLLP Statement on COVID-19

    At this point in time, it has become apparent that the COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global public health crisis, a danger to social and economic cohesion across our communities. But it is also a threat to education and training systems’ stability and sustainability, a red flag for the need to upskill teachers, educators and trainers, and ultimately to massively invest in education and training. One might even say that, to some extent, it has led us to question […]

  • Europe’s share of GDP for education and training has never been this low. A comparative analysis

    EU Member States are dedicating an ever-smaller share of their budget to education and training: unfortunately, this trend is well consolidated and alarming. Eurostat, the European agency dedicated to statistical analysis of EU Member States (and beyond), punctually publishes statistics about education and other sectors: its reports are of particular interest because they evoke a precise picture of countries’ investments in different budget areas. 

    At the LLLPlatform, we have compared the same study Eurostat publishes every year with the aggregated […]

  • LLLP Reaction to the ET Monitor 2019 – Is Europe reaching the ET2020 goals?

    The Lifelong Learning Platform reacted to the publication of the European Education and Training Monitor 2019, which focuses on teachers and educators, as well as on their roles in the European education systems.

    The Lifelong Learning Platform – European civil society network for education welcomes the 2019 Education and Training Monitor published by the EU Commission on September 26th, the European Day of Languages. This year’s report highlights the achievement of the target on tertiary education attainment and the general […]

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