The values of equality, tolerance, and non-discrimination are cornerstones of European societies that should be promoted through education; however, in reality, access to learning opportunities, the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage and social exclusion directly impact learners' success at school, their chances of a higher education and, as such, their future as informed and actively engaged members of society. Educational disadvantage is both a consequence and a cause of poverty and social exclusion.
This report reviews the findings of 20 projects funded under the Sixth and Seventh European Framework Programmes for Research and Development (FP6 and FP7) with the aim of addressing issues of education inequalities, their consequences and strategies to prevent or overcome them. It highlights policies and practices that work to disrupt or prevent educational disadvantage and exclusion.
EU Member States are currently working to deliver on the objectives they set out last year in the Paris Declaration "Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education" and in the Joint Report on the implementation of the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework.
This report is timely. It provides support to Member States in their efforts to make their education systems more inclusive and equitable and illustrates that European collaborative research projects can -and do- provide robust guidance to policy and decision makers.
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Policies and practices for equality and inclusion in and through education - Evidence and policy guidance from European research projects funded under FP6 and FP7
Written by Irma Budginaitė, Hanna Siarova, Dalibor, Sternadel, Greta Mackonytė and Simonas Algirdas Spurga of the Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI).