European Civil Society and European Commission Cooperate on Values Education

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In March 2015 the EU Ministers of Education issued their Paris Declaration on Education for fundamental values of tolerance, non-discrimination and inclusion. EuroClio responded during the Annual Conference in Denmark in April, and issued its own Helsingor Declaration (available in .pdf below). Throughout September-December, EuroClio members and ambassadors had been active in discussions with members of the European Parliament and other EU officials to promote the role of history education, as identified in the Helsingor Declaration. The European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) seeks to effectively implement the recommendations of the Paris Declaration and on 15th December, EuroClio Founder and Special Advisor Joke van der Leeuw-Roord was invited to participate in a dedicated session to map the next steps as well as long-term planning on these themes. The meeting collected a range civil society organisations, many of whom members of the Lifelong Learning Platform, who shared their views and plans. In early 2016, DG EAC will publish its action plans in this field.

EuroClio Represented at Lifelong Learning Platform’s Panel on Digital Literacy

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The Lifelong Learning Platform organized the 5th edition of the LLL Week from 30 November to 4 December, in and out of the European Parliament. The idea of the annual LLL week is to bring together learners and educators, field workers and policy-makers, thinkers and political representatives and give them the opportunity to discuss a broad, long term concept of lifelong learning in depth. EuroClio founder and special advisor Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, who is also the Secretary General of Lifelong Learning Platform Brussels, had several active roles throughout the week’s exhibits, debates and fieldtrips. Moreover, EuroClio was represented in the week’s ‘Expert Debate on the Challenge of Media Literacy’, where EuroClio Project Manager Judith Geerling was part of the expert panel. This panel covered several issues related to media literacy, and enabled the attendants to share experiences.  You can find more information about the LLL week and the expert panel on the Lifelong Learning Platform news page.

“Building the future of learning”, the LLLPlatform’s New Manifesto

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The LLLWeek2015 was the opportunity for the LLLPlatform (formerly known as EUCIS-LLL) to launch its new Manifesto on Building the future of learning in Europe. “A humanistic and holistic approach of learning, from cradle to grave, is of continued relevance in today’s world and a viable foundation for the rethinking of education in knowledge intensive societies”. After the launch of its new visual identity and name in the context of its 10th anniversary, the Lifelong Learning Platform is proud to share its political Manifesto. Fed by all its members during a one-year consultation process, it is a call to policy-makers and educational actors from all over Europe to take action to make lifelong learning a reality for all!

EuroClio Extending Partnerships in Brussels

On the 22nd of September, EuroClio was present in Brussels to discuss new possibilities of cooperation with several organizations in civil society. Productive talks were had with eTwinning, as well as with EEA Grants/Norway Grants. These talks were productive and fostered possible future cooperation. Furthermore, EuroClio was present at the General Assembly of EUCIS-LLL, which agreed on a new logo and official new title, which from now on is "LifeLong Learning Platform". This was then concluded with an opportunity to discuss further matters of the role of education in European policy making as well as the role of civil society in promoting a stronger focus on education in Europe. To strengthen the event, several European Members of Parliament were present, of which Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland), led the discussion which followed the G.A. Also present at the G.A. was Jon Hamer, who shared his vision of the importance of history education in promoting democratic citizenship.

Guidebook to Education and Training in the EU published by Lifelong Learning Platform

European integration appears sometimes technocratic, in the hands of distant institutions, which are asked to manage macroeconomic policies which benefits are not always immediately clear to the general public. Lifelong Learning Platform‘s Guidebook to Education and Training hopes to be a concrete tool to empower educators and learners over Europe to have their say in their future. This 2015 version will be regularly updated for stakeholders to constantly stay in touch with each other.

Inclusion and Citizenship at the Forefront of New EU priorities in Education

EU action and Member States’ cooperation in the field of education and training is framed in a work programme - the Education and Training 2020 Strategic Framework (ET2020), which contains four strategic objectives and seven benchmarks. Following a mid-term evaluation, the Draft 2015 Joint Report of the ET2020 proposes new work priorities up to 2020. Highlighting the need to pursue a comprehensive lifelong learning approach, from early childhood education to adult education, the report rightly stresses the role played by education to contribute to employment and growth objectives as well as to building a fairer and more cohesive and democratic societyEUCIS-LLL also welcomes the emphasis being placed on good governance and the need to reinforce partnerships with social partners and civil society. It thus supports its formal adoption by the Education Council in November. Partially, this new direction is in tune with the EuroClio 2015 Helsingor Declaration.

EUCIS-LLL welcomes the adoption by the European Commission of the Draft 2015 Joint Report that represents a turning point in EU cooperation in the field by offering a balanced approach between the economic, social and civic goals of education. The Draft Report rightly highlights the main challenges Europe is facing such as increasing inequalities, unemployment, digitalisation, ageing and radicalization. If the four strategic objectives, which EUCIS-LLL supported, are maintained in the Draft Report, it urges to pursue their efforts in developing the third, “promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship”. This call shared by many civil society organisations has been heard, while action became urgent after the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. EUCIS-LLL is now looking forward to the concrete measures and programmes that will follow the adoption of the Report.

Besides, the Draft Report emphasises the need to continue efforts to improve access to quality education for all. Providing high quality learning opportunities to all and especially to the most disadvantaged groups is crucial in getting people more engaged in society in its economic, political and social dimensions. As European history shows, rising inequalities go hand in hand with rising nationalism and discrimination. EUCIS-LLL had therefore called for a flagship initiative on “Inclusive Education” as concrete follow-up of the adoption of the Joint Report.

Finally, the Report announces measures to improve governance and relevance of the ET2020. EUCIS-LLL would like to stress the importance of partnerships between both sectors and actors. The LLL-HUB project shows that such partnerships are the key to implement comprehensive and efficient lifelong learning strategies at national and regional level and require proper coordination mechanisms and strong political. Trans-sectoral partnerships should also be strongly encouraged and supported within Erasmus+ at centralised and decentralised level. As the OECD Agenda for Action stresses, partnerships are the cornerstone to public service innovation. EUCIS-LLL and its members are thus eager to participate in meaningful dialogues with policy makers and in initiatives to contribute to a successful implementation of the strategy.

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) gathers 39 European networks working in education and training. Together, they cover all sectors of education and training including networks for secondary and higher education, vocational education and training, adult education and popular education; networks for students, school heads, parents, HRD professionals, teachers and trainers.

Contact: Audrey Frith, EUCIS-LLL Director, +32 2 893 2515,

New and Practical Guidebook to EU Decision-Making in Education and Training

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning has released its ‘Guidebook to EU Decision-Making in Education and Training’ for July 2015. The platform works towards promoting a vision of equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship in lifelong learning. The guide serves as a tool for better understanding the complexity of Europe and a call for a better dialogue between citizens and institutions in the field of education and training. It provides a coherent overview of the structure of EU institutes and bodies, as well as the EU’s role in policy-making for education.

To learn more about what actors are involved, what the objectives are, and the initiatives taken to achieve these aims, read the guide here.