Education, Youth and Culture Council: extracts from the joint press conference by Ján Figel' and Milan Zver, Slovenian Minister for Education and Sport and President in office of the Council
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 14/02/2008 First transmission: 14/02/2008
Following the Education, Youth and Culture Council, Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, and Milan Zver, Slovenian Minister for Education and Sport, and President in office of the Council, gave a press conference.
They talked about intercultural dialogue among young people and they underlined the need of promoting not just big languages but also the languages of the minorities to promote tolerance.
They analysed also the progress achieved under the "Education and Training 2010", an initiative adopted in 2002 to make Europe the world leader in terms of the quality of its education and training systems. Work is still needed in areas like low literacy and early school leaving.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, saying (in ENGLISH) on Euro-skills, that they want to make vocation, education and training more attractive, more focussed on quality, on the conection of training and education to the needs of the labor market of today; that they believe that this kind of competition can make that even more visible, popular, supportive and it can also help to exchange best practices, such Euro-skills 2008.
||Cutaway of journalists attending the press conference
||Ján Figel' saying (in ENGLISH) on early school leaving, that concerning 10% for 2010, he is not very optimistic; that there are many good examples through the new countries showing that it is possible to reach this objective; that he thinks it is very important for each country to have the ambition to improve, because early drop outs are more costly than prevention.
||Milan Zver, Slovenian Minister for Education and Sports and President in office of the Council, saying (in SLOVENIAN) that it is important to underline that young people don't learn just big languages, but also languages of minorities and other languages that exist on their environment.
||Milan Zver saying (in SLOVENIAN) that he wants to put across the idea that it wouldn't be wise to include athletes in political activities in the year of Olympics Games since it is the major celebration of sports (2 shots).
||Milan Zver saying (in SLOVENIAN) that in addition to multilingualism, there should also be interlingualism. It means that it is not enough for different languages to coexist, rather what they want is dialogue and active tolerance (2 shots).