Teaching and education for Democracy

SOLIDAR Foundation in cooperation with Youth Intergroup in the European Parliament invites you to a roundtable discussion that will take place on 27 September 2018 at 4pm in the European Parliament.

Education, training and lifelong learning recently received unprecedented momentum on a European level. Last year in Gothenburg EU leaders reaffirmed their commitment when they released a common declaration that identifies education and skills as a priority for European cooperation and calls for the creation of the European Education Area 2025. This document, and subsequent communications released by the European Commission, highlights the need for the empowerment of young people, in particular by encouraging them to participate in civic and democratic life. To achieve this the Member States aim to promote European values and citizenship education. At the same time, the European Parliament will adopt the report on the Modernisation of Education that underlines the importance of reshaping and investing in teacher education, encouraging teachers’ continuing professional development, and providing them with opportunities to participate in international teacher exchanges.

SOLIDAR Foundation conducted a monitoring exercise in 2017 that on one hand confirms a huge pool of expertise when it comes to learning methods for the skills, competencies and knowledge for democratic culture among non-formal and informal education providers, and on the other hand identifies the numerous policy gaps and the severe lack of education and training for teachers. Organised Civil Society agrees that addressing these gaps is not possible without strong investment in lifelong learning education as well as long-term improvements in conditions for teachers.

Roundtable

The roundtable discussion would bring together policymakers, civil society representatives and experts to discuss what are the main challenges in the teaching profession related to the promotion of democratic culture and the values of the European Union and how the EU can address the issue. Additionally, we would explore how policymakers and civil society can cooperate in supporting teachers and educators in accessing professional development that could enable them to effectively deliver and promote the EU project on the national and regional level.

Timing

The proposed MFF assigns, throughout different programmes, significant resources to the promotion of the EU and the EU project. It is important to realise, however, that education and educators play a crucial role when it comes to implementation on the national and regional level. Therefore special attention should be dedicated to teachers’ development and mobility also taking into account their broader social needs.

Additionally, taking into account the upcoming European elections and rising influence of populist and Eurosceptic parties, it is of utmost importance to bring the role of formal and non-formal education and educators who promote democracy, solidarity and peace (Core Values of the EU) to the centre of the discussions.

For more information about the event do not hesitate to contact Lucie Susova, Education and Lifelong Learning Coordinator at SOLIDAR Foundation secretariat at (lucie.susova@solidar.org).

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