All across Europe, the drive towards privatisation and marketisation of education has gathered steam. Our education systems are brashly depicted as an industry, as a source of profits, a zone of competitiveness, with countries, universities and schools ranked by performance indicators. In many instances, teachers and educators have been reduced to tools preparing learners for the labour market. It is not surprising that currently 47% of educators in the EU report quite a bit or a lot of stress at […]
Education for sustainability
In the last few months, the role of education and training as a crucial tool to fight climate change has been widely recognised. For the first time, education ministers took part in the COP26, a move that had been long overdue and which should stay and permeate the agenda of future COP assemblies. Education and lifelong learning are key enablers for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the transformation of our societies. This […]
The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) comes at a time where citizens’ confidence in national governments and, by consequence, in European institutions is constantly decreasing. Moreover, the current health crisis is turning into a democratic crisis dividing citizens and spreading hate speech from all sides. Social movements are evolving and citizens’ engagement is on the rise, and yet they remain unheard. The CoFoE is a crucial democratic exercise that the Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes: in times of struggle, […]
During the Lifelong Learning Platform General Assembly on 23-24 September 2021, the members voted in favour of welcoming a new member to the LLLP family: Diesis Network. Diesis is one of the widest EU networks specialised in supporting social economy and social enterprise development covering 20 countries through major national federations and national support networks associating more than 90,000 organisations and 1.2 million workers. It does so through the implementation of knowledge-based activities, such as training, project design, consultancy and […]
Homogeneity of assessment has become a driving force throughout our educational systems, and continues to be widely applied across the majority of EU member states. Such forms of assessment have come under scrutiny for showing an indifference to the learning needs of individuals.
This drawback has ramifications – not only for learning outcomes but for wellbeing too. Learners, irrespective of age, want to meaningfully contribute to the direction of their learning and have a stake in deciding the forms of assessment […]
On 23-24 September, LLLP members gathered from all corners of Europe to participate in the 2021 General Assembly of the Lifelong Learning Platform. It was the first time that LLLP held a hybrid GA, with participants both in presence in Brussels and online. Most of the membership was present, and the agenda made room for some important debates and consequent decisions, mainly on forward-looking priorities and activities.
The membership contributed to steering LLLP’s activities and helped craft a new pathway for […]
The most inspiring event on higher education in the digital age returns: The University:Future Festival will take place from 2 to 4 November 2021 under the motto “Open for Discussion” – organised by Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD) and Stiftung Innovation in Hochschullehre (StIL). We are a partner of the festival. LLLP is glad to be lsited as one of the trusted partners for such an innovative and exciting happening!
For three days in November, more than a thousand people will […]
Every year, the State of the Union address represents a key moment in the European calendar, highlighting crucial priorities for the imminent future and setting out what truly matters in the eyes of the European Commission; every year, we look forward to this special moment in the hope to see an increased commitment towards education and training.
Of course, it is only natural that most of the attention is given to the COVID pandemic, including the efforts towards a universal roll-out […]
The concept of learners’ wellbeing begins with the idea that when the learner feels happy and secure in the learning environment – the likelihood of actualising their potentials is heightened. Wellbeing positively influences both the learning process and learning outcome. Simply put, learning tends to occur more fluidly in the context of positive emotions; a condition which subsequently improves achievement and attainment.
Notwithstanding the wealth of empirical evidence consistently demonstrating this relationship – certain forms of assessments that are both stress […]