Youth Policy Watch - Education
As network, YEU focuses a lot on Education and it is vital to follow the pace of institutions and work taking place in Regional and International level. Starting, the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council adopted a resolution on socio-economic development and inclusiveness in the EU through education. At the same time, Ministers discussed how to increase synergies between education, the labour market and society with a view to raising awareness and underlining the urgency of the many issues relating to skills development.You can find an overview of what happened in the attachment.
YEU, focus is on the outcome of the ministerial debate which can and will feed into the forthcoming Commission's initiative "A New Skills Agenda for Europe", aimed at promoting lifelong investment in people, as well as increasing employability. As Policy sector is separated in topics, you can read more about the skills agenda on the relevant article on “Skills”.
Furthermore on Education, parliamentarians declared that Education systems should be reviewed to promote inclusive education and help ensure that school pupils become responsible, active citizens, with critical thinking skills, who are able to live in our diverse societies and uphold democratic values. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called member, observer and partner States to review their education systems (Resolution 2091, 2016), and invited the Committee of Ministers to give more priority to education to democratic citizenship (Recommendation 2084, 2016).
In relation to YEU’s work it is important to be aware of these texts. More specifically, the adopted texts call, in particular, for measures to detect the dissemination of violent extremist propaganda on the Internet, for due attention to be paid to the education of religious leaders in accordance with democratic values, and for emphasis to be given to the prevention of radicalisation in prisons. The Assembly also called for enhanced international cooperation between national and local authorities and specialised agencies with a view to sharing relevant information, experiences and good practice. At this point, it is obvious that civil society and organizations like YEU should and can contribute to the process and foster the prevention of radicalization.
Also, in the field of Education, LLLP has shared an update form of the position paper on Education to Foster Intercultural Understanding and Solidarity in Europe. The position paper has been updated and included 21 good practices from 15organisations. Observing this paper, is a good chance for MOs can have the chance to see good practices on the field and therefore assist and foster work performed by YEU’s MOs.