Inclusive education: A step towards a more equal and cohesive society
The EU supports Member States in fostering social inclusion and building cohesive societies. More investment in education is a key lever for an inclusive green, digital recovery, as well as quality jobs, as confirmed by EU leaders at the Porto Social Summit.
The Commission helps to build a solid evidence base on how to best invest in education. Policy actions, such as the Pathways to School Success initiative, the Centres of Vocational Excellence and a European approach to micro-credentials, can boost investment in skills for better socio-economic outcomes.
Following extensive consultations throughout 2021 on several of these initiatives, this panel presents the opportunity to reflect on strategic orientations for future inclusive reforms.
- Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner, Jobs and Social Rights
- Li Andersson, Minister of Education, Finland
- Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland
- Sorin-Mihai Cîmpeanu, Minister of Education, Romania
- Larry Flanagan, President, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)
- Alexey Vladimirov Pamporov, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department Knowledge Society: Science, Education, and Innovations, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
- Dora Husz, Head of Sector, Strategy and Investments, DG EAC, European Commission
Strategies for a successful digital education transformation
What needs to happen to make high-quality digital education across Europe a reality? What can Member States and the EU bring to the table? And why do we need to act now?
The Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) puts strategy at the heart of implementing ambitious, inclusive and accessible digital education. This panel will tackle the most pressing issues and will address how to best translate visions and strategies for digital education into specific outputs at the level of Member States and the EU, while taking into account the regional and local dimension where this is possible. Key issues include: providing a way forward to tackle gaps in connectivity and the availability of digital equipment in schools, strengthening teachers’ digital pedagogy, paving the way for closer dialogue and addressing how to digitise best in an inclusive manner.
The discussions will feed into the Structured Dialogue on digital education and skills with Member States launched in October 2021. Based on the outcomes of the Structured Dialogue, the Commission will propose by the end of 2022 proposals for two Council Recommendations: one on the enabling factors for successful digital education and one on improving the provision of digital skills in education and training.
- Robert Plaga, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic
- Prodromos Prodromou, Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Cyprus
- Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
- Victor Negrescu, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair, Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
- Anne Karjalainen, Chair of SEDEC (Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment and Culture), Committee of the Regions (CoR), and Chair of Kerava City Council
- Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General, Digital Europe
- Themis Christophidou, Director-General, DG EAC, European Commission