The global dimension of education
Across the world, the education community is facing similar challenges: how can we improve the effectiveness and reach of education so it delivers the skills required for individual, societal and economic development for all learners allowing them to realise their full potential? In the wider policy context, education is not only the focus of a group of specific objectives under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, but it will also play a central role in training the practitioners and decision-makers who will play a role achieving the other SDGs.
COVID-19 has created another common denominator for all countries worldwide. We have all witnessed varying degrees of weakness in our education systems. We all aim to build resilient and inclusive education systems that can cope with emergencies and pandemics. Education and training systems are vital to fueling the post-pandemic recovery. How do we help the class of 2020-21 to catch up?
This panel provides a sample of the main priorities for education policy in different parts of the world and how these challenges are being addressed. What are the best ways to work together globally on these challenges? For these external aspects of EU policy, how can we combine forces and pursue complementarity between EU initiatives and national ones: a Team Europe approach?
- Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
- Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
Future Education Trends and Developments
Education is a future-oriented policy area by its very nature. Nothing like education anticipates what citizens and their planet will need tomorrow. Therefore, the Commission has been increasing its foresight capacity in education. A number of Commission’s 'Prospective Platform' reports have recently examined 'megatrends', such as climate change, demography and future paths of economic growth, that are likely to impact the functioning of classrooms, school curricula and skills. The aim of this panel discussion is to bring together the researchers and the target audience of education foresight and to discuss whether and how policymakers at the EU, national, regional and local levels can use the results of education foresight.
- Lyliana Pavlova, Vice-President, European Investment Bank (EIB)