On 24 January the European Commission organised the Forum on the Future of Learning, the first full day event for European stakeholders and policymakers in education and training to look at the challenges facing Europe and beyond until 2030. Organised by the European Commission’s DG for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (DG EAC) at the initiative of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, the Forum built on the work of the European Education and Training Expert Panel while highlighting some of the key initiatives in education which includes non-formal and informal learning, training, and in particular the Erasmus+ programme.
Back to back with this event we had the opportunity to participate in one of the Civil Society Days, held by the Commission and the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL-P) to provide a dialogue with civil society around interactive world cafe discussions with a final plenary session.
The discussions in small groups were based on discussions from previous days, with strong a focus on providing recommendations for Education and Training Framework post 2020. SOLIDAR Foundation (in line with its advocacy goals for building learning societies: (1) making lifelong learning and mobility a reality; (2) improving the quality and efficiency of education and training and; (3) promoting equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship) promoted an approach that would focus on validation, recognition and integration on NFIL together with the possibility to test new methods of inclusive education.
Challenges flagged up the day before during the Forum on the Future of Learning were also discussed, and were mainly linked to demographics; inclusion and citizenship; technological change and the future of work; digitalisation of society; environmental concerns; and investments, reforms and governance. SOLIDAR Foundation will continue to advocate for more funding and better training and flexibility for both learners and teachers while recognising the importance of the validation of non-formal and informal learning.