20/11/2012 at 16:30
Topic: Culture, education and youth
Organiser: European Commission
On 20 November, the European Commission will publish its strategy on how to modernise and finance education and training systems in Europe in the future. Part of the package is the first Education and Training Monitor which reports on progress and lingering weaknesses in the fulfilment of the Framework for Cooperation in Education and Training 2020. A Country Analysis will reveal how individual countries are performing in relation to headline targets, benchmarks and indicators.
One of the key priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy is to boost quality and resource-efficient education and training in a lifelong learning perspective. Too much of the EU's human capital remains undeveloped due to structural barriers and blind spots in learning provision. The strategy addresses some of the main challenges ahead in ways that reinforce and complement the Youth Employment package.
Measures will be proposed to improve the provision of basic skills, to foster key competences in a lifelong learning perspective and to integrate and interlink different sectors of education and training. New initiatives will be announced in areas like ICT and open educational resources, support to teachers and school leaders and rallying education authorities and stakeholders around issues of funding.
The package will contain a wealth of quantitative information and comparative analysis, based on the most recent data provided by Eurydice, GHK, OECD and several other sources. Part of the material has already been used to back up the country-specific assessment during the European Semester and the subsequent recommendations to the Member States.
16.30 Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present the Communication and the accompanying package at a press conference in Strasbourg. A press release, reports and executive summaries will be available on the day.