Education is the silver bullet

This Thursday 25 January, the European Commission is holding its first EU Summit on Education in Brussels. Hosted by Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the Summit brings together EU education ministers, education practitioners, stakeholders and business representatives to discuss the European Education Area 2025 and to exchange views on issues such as tackling inequality in education systems, promoting EU education and establishing EU-wide key competences.

When Europe’s leaders met in Rome last March, they committed to creating a “Union where young people receive the best education and training and can study and find jobs across the continent”. At the Gothenburg Social Summit two months ago the EU put forward a proposal to establish a European Education Area by 2025 to strengthen European identity through education and culture. Promoting critical thinking is equally key to encountering inequality based on socio-economic backgrounds, and education on the EU is an important tool to promote European values and to foster active citizenship and engagement.

While inclusive and high-quality education enables European integration on various levels, it is equally crucial to link education to the labour market, promote the training of skill and to ultimately close the gap between the needs of employers and the skills of job-seekers.

Input from the European Movement International

In our Policy Position on EU Education at School, the European Movement International together with the European Movement Germany outlines a strategy on improving EU education based on the idea that education on the EU is key to an active and engaged population. Promoting critical thinking is an essential step in fostering trust and legitimacy, and will encourage citizens to participate on local, national, and European levels alike.

In our Policy Position on Youth Unemployment and the Skills Gap, we emphasise the importance of skills formation and the need for a modernised and standardised approach, with tools that can be tailored to the specific needs of different Member States. Those seeking training, as well as educators, should have easy and comprehensive access to information on available programmes. Ultimately, a platform for discussion between educational institutions, organisations, businesses, and other stakeholders is paramount for success.

In our Skills Campaign, you can find out more about the European Movement International’s members’ contribution to tackling issues related to education and skills in the EU.

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