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New – Position paper on investment in education and training – A public good for all

In this position paper, the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) investigates the importance of funding in education and training, its sources and its impact on access to learning and on the quality of the learning provided. The following conversations warrant a disclaimer on the terminology used in the paper. Though at times funding and investment in education and training are used interchangeably the two have different implications.

LLLP sides with the concept of funding when it comes to learning in this Position Paper, which represents the resources that governments are responsible for providing to various sectors for different purposes. Securing education as a human right implies a responsibility of states to fund a system in which all learners are welcomed, supported and aided to develop holistically and fully. This includes making lifelong learning entitlements a reality as part of extending the human right to education. On the other hand, investment allows for spreading the responsibility of putting resources in education and training to various stakeholders, including for-profit ones, while tying learning to a market goal-oriented approach.

This concept does not treat the provision of learning as a public good. Moreover, reducing the sustenance of life simply to economic gains misses out on the broader societal challenges for which learners must be prepared. At the same time, the investment narrative misses out on the importance of ensuring that the public authorities maintain responsibility over learning at all stages of life given their role in providing an aggregated response to societal challenges and their responsibility in ensuring the right to learning is accessed by all.

Read the position paper here!

Press Release – Education and Finance Ministers meet in a first-ever joint meeting to discuss investment in education: will funding match the high expectations for education and training?

Helsinki, 8 November 2019 – Upon the initiative of the current Finnish Presidency, and for the first time, the Council of education ministers (EYCS) and the Council of finance ministers (ECOFIN) convened together in a joint meeting. A symbolic merging of two spheres, the event was titled ‘A strong economic base for Europe: pursuing effectiveness, efficiency and quality of education and training’. The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes such a meeting, an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of investing in education in its holistic definition and as a public good. The Council on ECYS also approved resolutions on further developing the European Education Area and on the key role of lifelong learning policies in support of inclusive and sustainable growth.

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