The European Union (EU) will channel more funds than ever into education and training over the next seven years through the Recovery and Resilience Facility, amongst other policy instruments.
Major support will be made available for necessary reforms and investments in education and training from infrastructure and building construction to the training of teaching staff, digital devices and funding for open educational resources.
The Commission is providing specific support to local, regional and national authorities to make the best use of available funds through mutual learning and the exchange of best practices regarding investment in education infrastructure.
The Commission will also promote the greening of education infrastructure to meet today’s energy standards and improve green spaces on school premises.
This will help to encourage interaction and learning outcomes, while responding to the demand for new competences and pedagogies.
Expert Group on quality investment in education and training
As announced in the Communication on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025, an expert group on quality investment in education and training will support this process. The members of the expert group were presented on 27 April 2021.
Over the next two years, the expert group will carry out an in-depth analysis of existing evidence and create a guidance document to help EU Member States to identify policy options boosting education outcomes and inclusiveness, while improving the efficiency of spending.
It will focus its analysis on those areas that represent the bulk of education expenditure and may have a major impact on education outcomes, in particular:
- teachers and trainers
- the management of education infrastructure and related resources
- digital education and competence development
Each area will cover all levels of education and training from early childhood education and care to adult education and will be accompanied by a cost-benefit analysis and an examination of the budgetary implications for different policy suggestions.
The first meeting of the Expert Group will take place in spring 2021.
Boosting social and economic resilience in Europe
On 19 February 2021, the Commission published a report on ‘Boosting Social and Economic Resilience in Europe by Investing in Education’.
This economic paper focuses on the social and economic resilience that might be achieved through well-designed and targeted investment in education and training.
The report also discusses the implications of COVID-19-related school closures in early 2020 on individuals (students, teachers and parents), educational institutions and systems.
'Boosting Social and Economic Resilience in Europe by Investing in Education' - executive summary
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