• 1 year 11 months ago

European ministers adopted EU plans to increase social inclusion and help combat radicalisation through education and youth work.

The measures feature among the priorities proposed by the European Commission in September in the Joint Education and Training Report (ET2020)pdf(445 kB) Deutsch (de) English (en) français (fr) and the Joint Youth Report. Deutsch (de) English (en) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it)

The new priorities for education and training are:

  1. Relevant and high-quality skills and competences for employability, innovation, active citizenship
  2. Inclusive education, equality, non-discrimination, civic competences
  3. Open and innovative education and training, including by fully embracing the digital era
  4. Strong support for educators
  5. Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications
  6. Sustainable investment, performance and efficiency of education and training systems

Tibor Navracsics said:

"Beyond statements, we must take action. As security forces cooperate, education, culture, sports and youth sectors must do the same to eradicate the roots of terrorism: inequality, a lack of attachment to our common values, and social exclusion."

Ministers from all EU countries met in Brussels for the Education, Youth, Sport and Culture Council from the 23-24 November. Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, highlighted the relevance of recent tragic events for education and youth work in his address. 

EU governments agreed to leverage education in the struggle against radicalisation in March's "Paris Declarationpdf(500 kB) Deutsch (de) English (en) français (fr) ", signed in the wake of attacks in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year. The agreement pledged to:

  • Protect freedom of expression, social inclusion and respect for others whilst tackling discrimination in all its forms
  • Make sure education helps children become active, responsible, open-minded members of society
  • Strengthen children’s and young people’s critical thinking, particularly online

Also under discussion was how education and youth work can best meet the long-term integration challenges posed by the refugee crisis.

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