Combating Exclusion through Education and Training
Today several hundred thousand young people living in the
European Union, most of them in large metropolitan conurbations, are totally
without access to training schemes or employment. This situation is unjust.
It also threatens the cohesion of our society and the future of the European
social model and represents a tremendous waste of our most precious asset,
our human resources.
Dialogue and partnership at local level - between the various economic
players, voluntary and community associations and public authorities -
can play a part in halting this development. For this to happen, these
parties have to accept to work together and pool all the human and material
resources at their command. Company sponsoring of schools, recruitment
agreements between schools and employers, and the development of advanced
educational technologies are just some of the ways in which excluded youth
can obtain better access to know-how and a satisfactory level of qualifications,
within an appropriate teaching environment.
The Commission is proposing to help catalyse energies in this field in
order to get a number of projects rapidly up and running, and to make
sure they receive the attention and appreciation which they merit, in
particular by encouraging the exchange of good practices and by mobilising
the various players concerned within the European Union.
Through its anti-exclusion project the Commission is seeking to mobilise
the full range of local players and provide high quality educational resources
in order to raise the employment opportunities of young people who otherwise
have no chance of entering the labour market. Complementing the measures
introduced by individual Member States, this should provide a new opportunity
through education and training.
Declaration of Mrs Cresson
Former European Commissioner,
1995 - September 1999