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LLLP General Assembly: a new President and new Steering Committee members!

On September 25th, LLLP members gathered online from all corners of Europe to participate in the 2020 General Assembly of the Lifelong Learning Platform: a joyful occasion to discuss important issues within the LLLPlatform and to give a most sought-after input to LLLP daily work. Most of the membership was present, and the agenda made room for some important debates and consequent decisions, mainly on the COVID and post-COVID activities.
The membership contributed to steering LLLP’s activities and helped craft a […]

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LEAD! Specific Learning Disorders no more!

The LEAD!  – specific LEArning Disorders no more! project focuses on the learning difficulties of a small (but significant) group of students attending European schools of all levels.
LEAD! is funded by the Erasmus+ programme and sees the participation of: ENFOR – Ente di Formazione e Ricerca di Policoro (Matera), Italy;  Universidad de Valladolid, Spain; Inspectoratul scolar judetean Iasi, Romania; Lifelong Learning Platform, Brussels, Belgium; Istituto Comprensivo n.2 Giovanni Paolo II di Policoro, Italy.
The acronym SLD (Specific Learning Disorders) defines a […]

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LLLP’s contribution for the Digital Education Action Plan

The Lifelong Learning Platform contributed top the public consultation on the Digital Education Action Plan. The consultation gathered the views of citizens, institutions and organisations on their experiences and expectations during the COVID-19 crisis (both to date and during the recovery period), as well as their visions for the future of digital education.
In LLLP’s vision of education and training, digital education and media literacy play a crucial role, all the more in times of pandemic isolation. To this […]

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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 […]

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Lifelong Learning Interest Group – “Sustainability is not only about the environment”

In a vibrant online discussion, stakeholders from education, environment and development sectors gathered with European decision-makers to take stock of the role of education to build sustainable societies. The meeting, which was moderated by LLLP Secretary-General Giuseppina Tucci, focused on how education and lifelong learning can contribute to sustainable development not only from an economic, environment point of view but also social. Hosted by MEP Dace Melbārde, ViceChair of the CULT Committee of the European Parliament, this meeting of the […]

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The Lifelong Learning contribution to tackling fake news

On September 7th, and under the title “Attention Fake! Strategies against populisms in Europe ”, experts discussed online disinformation in an event organized by the Lower Saxony State Representation. Sitting on the panel were Prof. Dr. Monika Oberle, Professor of Political Science and Political Education at the University of Göttingen, Brikena Xhomaqi, Director of the Lifelong Learning Platform and Dr. Florian Hartleb (Tallinn), consultant on digitization in Germany, lecturer and book author. The discussion was moderated […]

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European Skills Agenda: a step further to true Lifelong Learning?

The European Commission launched on July 1st the revised European Skills Agenda, a joint effort of DG EAC and DG EMPL with ambitious objectives for the education and training sector to be achieved by 2025. It will be completed in September with the Communication on the European Education Area. LLLP welcomes such an ambitious Agenda and its alignment with the European Pillar of Social Rights first principle on education, training and lifelong learning. This is a move in the right […]

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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 […]

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LLLP works to improve the validation of competences in the voluntary sector

Why improving validation in the voluntary sector?
Validation or the “validation of non-formal and informal learning” (VNFIL) is defined at EU level as the process of the identification, documentation, assessment and certification of competences. This definition has been widely shared and adopted since its mention in a Council Recommendation from 2012, which is the key policy document at EU level that recommended Member States to develop VNFIL provisions. During this last decade, EU institutions, national governments […]

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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 […]

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