Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council: extracts from the press conference (Youth)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 16/05/2013 First transmission: 16/05/2013
At its education session, the Council is due to adopt conclusions on the social dimension of higher education, highlighting the need to develop high quality education and training systems which are also equitable. As a contribution towards reaching one of Europe 2020’s targets for education - 40% of 30-34 year olds should have completed tertiary or equivalent education by 2020 -, the conclusions propose measures to ensure greater access to, participation in and completion of higher education for non-traditional learners and students from disadvantaged
In public debate, ministers will also hold a debate on the link between a teaching profession of the highest quality and achieving better learning outcomes. Issues related to the teaching professions have received significant attention from the Council, Commission and external bodies such as the OECD in recent years. Teacher quality is frequently cited as the most important inschool element influencing student achievement. The discussions will include presentations by education experts.
In its youth configuration, the Council is due to adopt conclusions on
- maximising the potential of youth policy in addressing the goals of the Europe 2020
Strategy, calling in particular for measures to enhance cross-sectoral and inter-institutional cooperation in youth and youth related policy areas and highlighting the importance of increased synergies between instruments and initiatives already in place or recently adopted in the youth field
- the contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people, aiming to strengthen the cooperation among member states in youth related areas such as health, education, employment, culture and sport, in order to promote the personal and social development of young people, based on their needs and interests. In this context, ministers will also discuss how quality youth work can contribute to addressing the challenges currently facing Europe’s young people. They will be invited to focus on immediate and practical measures that could complement or improve the ones already in place.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in ENglish) by Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs of Ireland:
We do have very strong infrastructure in youth organisations within Europe in our Member States and they actively support the participation development to progression of young people and the Irish presidency believes that we want to see a higher profile for youth work and helping young people meet the challenges of today. Particularly young people who are more marginalised, more vulnerable. And in the consultation done across Europe, young people themselves identified that these young people were particularly young migrant people, young with disabilities and those who were facing employment difficulties.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Androulla VAassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth: As a result of this structural dialogue a very concrete proposal came out, the youth guarantee. I am very please because it was proposed at the time when nobody realise how important was youth unemployment but now it has become one of our essential instruments to meet the needs of unemployed young people.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Androulla Vassiliou: We believe that youth work can contribute very very much to the attainment of the objectives that we set for Euro 2020. It helps also to the promotion of the youth policies in general.