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.
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.
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 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
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.