At the initiative of the president, Mr Manuel Miguéns, the EUNEC general assembly meeting of 22 June 2020 decided to organize a consultation on the position of education councils in times of the pandemic. The aim is to gather insights from our members, facing similar challenges during this global crisis, so that we can inspire and learn from each other. The results of this consultation can also feed the debates during our 2021 seminar on the theme ‘Are our education sytems fit for the future?’, a theme which has become even more relevant today.
EUNEC organised for its members a seminar on 'Education Councils and the European Education Area'. The seminar was hosted by Cnesco and took place on 16 and 17 May 2019 at the premises of CIEP at Sèvres, close to Paris.
About 40 persons (education stakeholders, experts and policy makers), coming from 12 countries, participated at this event.
The consortium formed by the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa with the European Network of Education Councils, the High Commission for Migration in Portugal and its Observatory for Migration, the School of Business & Economics and the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa has won the funding for the development of the project entitled "Inclusion or discrimination? From the analysis of the school results to the strategies for the success of students with immigrant origin".
This seminar was hosted by the colleagues from the CNE (Portuguese Education Council), and took place in Lisbon, on 1 and 2 March 2018.
About 50 persons (education stakeholders, experts and policy makers), coming from 13 countries, participated at this event.
On 18 and 19 May 2017, EUNEC organized a seminar on 'Making education more inclusive', hosted by the Institute of Education Sciences, Bucharest. Participants from 13 countries, experts and stakeholders in education and training, shared experiences.
The stage was set by Luminita Costache, Education specialist, UNICEF Romania; by
Professor Mark M. Alter, professor of Educational Psychology, New York University and by Paula Frederica Hunt, Inclusive Education Consultant at the UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States Regional Office (CEE/CIS). Then participants had the opportunity to visit school number one in Bucharest city centre. The second day of the seminar was dedicated to debate, after input from EUNEC members from Romania, Portugal and Lithuania.
Manuel Miguéns, member of the EUNEC executive committee and secretary general of the CNE, the Portuguese Education Council, was invited to participate on behalf of EUNEC at the 'Encuentro Latinoamericano de Participacion Social' in Mexico city on 6-7 June 2013. This conference is an initiative of CONAPASE, the 'Consejo Nacional de Participacion Social en la Educacion' from Mexico.
EUNEC organized a seminar for its members on the theme of 'Community Schools'. The programme included a key note presentation by professor Alan Dyson, presentations of policy practices from the Member Councils, and a visit to 'Sint Joost aan Zee', a community school in the city center of Brussels.