European Education, Training and Youth Forum

19-20/10/2015

Brussels, Belgium

New Priorities for European Cooperation in Education, Training and Youth

The fourth edition of the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2015 took place in Brussels on 19-20 October.

The 2015 edition was dedicated to discussing how to implement the priority areas for European cooperation in Education and Training 2016-2020 and Youth 2016-2018, and the contribution that stakeholders can make.

The Forum gathered about 400 participants representing stakeholders and organisations active in the education, training and youth sectors.

The Forum included plenary and panel sessions, including TED-like talks that served as a basis for 10 interactive workshops.

TED-like talks

The TED-like talks highlighted best practices and shared some conclusions of ET 2020 Working Groups. There were 5 TED-like talk speeches on:

  • early school leaving
  • initial teacher education
  • digital and online learning
  • improving completion rates in higher education
  • social inclusion and non-discrimination

There was a dynamic atmosphere throughout the Forum with lots of opportunities to showcase best practices and peer-learning findings during the plenary sessions, in the workshops, and in the Networking Village. The dedicated networking area allowed Erasmus+ projects to present achievements and results, share ideas and engage new partners for future projects.

Panel discussions

The panel discussion on enhancing inclusion, fundamental values and active citizenship on the first day of the Forum included:

  • Professor Jagdish S. Gundara, President of the International Association of Intercultural Education
  • Youssef Himmat, President of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations
  • Robin Sclafani, Director at CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
  • Yvonne Heselmans, Executive Director of The International Debate Education Association IDEA
  • Robin Andersson, Team leader of the Tolerance Project
The panel gave their views on how education, training and youth work could contribute to the objectives set forth in the Paris Declaration of 17 March 2015, by promoting social inclusion, tolerance and non-discrimination, and by teaching fundamental values, intercultural competences and active citizenship.

The high level panel "Way forward – political conclusions" on the second day included:

  • Commissioner Navracsics
  • Silvia Costa, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education
  • Claude Meisch, Minister for National Education, Children and Young People and Minister for Higher Education and Research, Luxembourg
  • Jet Bussemaker, Minister for Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands
The high level panel discussed how EU policies and programmes can act upon the conclusions of the Forum, and debated the overall vision for European cooperation in education, training and youth; inclusive education; and education and skills.

Commissioner Navracsics concluded the Forum by stressing the importance of building a common agenda, and called for all relevant stakeholders; EU institutions, national ministries, regional and local authorities, social partners and civil society work together towards common objectives.

The Forum successfully gathered all relevant stakeholders and provided a platform for exchange and discussion. It also helps the Commission identify the challenges to be met by future education and training systems and youth policies. During the Forum, there was a lot of emphasis on the Paris Declaration and the social, civil and intercultural competencies, with a strong call for all stakeholders to be involved and be able to contribute to EU policies and programmes.

Meeting with civil society organisations in education and training - 19 October

A meeting for civil society organisations active in the field of education and training was organised on 19 October, 2015, ahead of the Education, Training and Youth Forum.

This meeting marked the launch of a reinforced cooperation with the civil society, aimed at getting all relevant organisations - both at EU, national and local level - on board for the implementation of the priorities set in the Paris Declaration.

Six projects were showcased at this meeting, each addressing from a specific angle how education and training can promote active citizenship, intercultural dialogue and fundamental European values.

There was an unanimous call for a meaningful and regular dialogue with civil society on inclusive education and a strong acknowledgement of the importance of grassroots organisations in implementing the objectives of the Paris Declaration.

 

Videos

 Jean-Claude Juncker video message

Opening remarks by Jean-Claude Juncker
President of the European Commission

Clare Ryan

Clare Ryan
Principal and teacher trainer, St. Leo's College Ireland

Marco Snoek

Marco Snoek
Professor, School of Education Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences The Netherlands

Mitja Jermol

Mitja Jermol
UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning Head of the Centre for knowledge transfer at Jozef Stefan Institute Slovenia

Florian Pecenka

Florian Pecenka
Counsellor for Higher Education Head of Unit Science and Research Austrian Permanent Representation, Brussels, Belgium

Lisa Serero

Lisa Serero
Responsible for development, CoExist France

Marco Snoek

Panel Discussion
See programme below for participants

High-Level Round Table

Way forward - Political Conclusions
High-Level Round Table (see programme below for participants)

 

Programme

13:00-14:00

registration

Registration


14:00-14:20

Opening session

Opening session

  • Video message by Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission
  • Welcome by Jens NYMAND-CHRISTENSEN
    Deputy Director-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission

14:20-16:00

Opening words

TED-like talks given by:

  • Clare RYAN, Principal and teacher trainer, St. Leo's College
    Ireland
  • Marco SNOEK, Professor, School of Education Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
    The Netherlands
  • Mitja JERMOL, UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning Head of the Centre for knowledge transfer at Jozef Stefan Institute
    Slovenia
  • Florian PECENKA, Counsellor for Higher Education Head of Unit Science and Research Austrian Permanent Representation,
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Lisa SERERO, Responsible for development, CoExist
    France

16:00-16:30

Networking coffee

Coffee Break


16:30-18:00

Debate / Q&A with the audience

Panel discussion

  • Moderator
  • Jagdish S. GUNDARA, President of the International Association of Intercultural Education
    United Kingdom
  • Members of the panel:
  • Yvonne HESELMANS, Executive Director of the International Debate Education Association IDEA-NL
    The Netherlands
  • Youssef HIMMAT, Vice-President of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations
    Belgium
  • Christer MATTSSON, University of Göteborg. Founder of the Tolerance Project
    Sweden
  • Claire SCHIFF, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Bordeaux 2
    France
  • Robin SCLAFANI, Director at CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
    Belgium

19:00-21:00

Lunch

Forum Dinner

  • (5th floor, SQUARE)

9:30-11:00

A few words

11:00-11:30

Networking coffee

Coffee break


11:30-13:00

A few words

13:00-14:30

Lunch

Lunch Break


14:30-15:45

Flash Sessions VI-X

WORKSHOP FINDINGS

  • Presentation of the findings of the workshops and of the dedicated Civil Society Meeting (taking place on Monday morning) followed by comments from the plenary

16:45-17:00

Flash Sessions XI to XV

WAY FORWARD - POLITICAL CONCLUSIONS

  • HIGH-LEVEL ROUND TABLE
    Next steps as seen by the Council Presidencies, the European Parliament and the European Commission
  • ~
  • Tibor NAVRACSICS, European Commissioner
    for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Silvia COSTA, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education
    European Parliament
  • Claude MEISCH, Minister for National Education, Children and Young People and Minister for Higher Education and Research
    Luxemburg
  • Jet BUSSEMAKER, Minister for Education, Culture and Science
    The Netherlands

17:00

End of the forum

End of the forum



The 10 parallel workshops:

  1. Basic skills for all
  2. High-level skills for the knowledge society
  3. Towards more inclusive learning environments
  4. Promoting active citizenship and fundamental values, such as tolerance, non-discrimination and respect of diversity through education
  5. Innovation in education: better ways to learn, teach and build partnerships in the digital age
  6. Empowering teachers and trainers for better learning outcomes
  7. Making learning pathways more flexible: recognition and validation of all forms of learning
  8. Innovative and sustainable investment in education and training
  9. Cohesive communities: promoting youth participation in democratic life
  10. The impact of sports and culture related activities on learning outcomes
 

Speakers

ETYF - talks

ETYF - talk

Clare RYAN

ETYF - talk

Marco SNOEK

ETYF - talk

Mitja JERMOL

ETYF - talk

Florian PECENKA

ETYF - talk

Lisa SERERO