On 30-31 May, EUNEC representatives from 11 countries gathered in Amsterdam to reflect on 'Governance in Education'.
There is an evolution going on from a government model towards a governance model. This is a fundamental change in the way of thinking about shaping political and decision-making processes in society. The role of the governement is no longer to steer directly policy processes, but rather to coordinate and facilitate policy processes.
The govenance model refers to the growing mixing and interdependance of public and private actors, to decentralized and horizontal relationships between actors at different administrative levels, depending on each other for the making and implementation of policy.
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.
This SIRIUS network study was undertaken with the purpose of mapping the positions of European civil society stakeholders and some stakeholders in EU member states on the education of migrants in Europe.
EUNEC has been interviewed by Ms Maria Golubeva, author of the study.
On 20 November 2012 the European Commission has published an impressive set of policy recommendations that have to reinforce the cooperation between EU Member States and give a new impetus to education policy in the EU Member States. The most important part of the proposal is the Communication ‘Rethinking education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes’ The Commission takes the opportunity of the long expected Communication on skills to gather all aspects of European Education and Training policy in an encompassing framework and to give some new impetus. The European Commission wants to put Education and Training high on the agenda, in the EU and in the Member States.
Mr Boris Sloboda, Policy Officer at DG EAC (Education and training in Europe 2020; country analysis) explained the role of Education and Training in Europe 2020, insisting on the mechanisms of the new governance under the European Semester, and analysing the recent Annual Growth Survey 2013. The second part of his presentation focused on the headlines, the objectives and the background of the Communication of the European Commission 'Rethinking education'.
On 15-17 October 2012, EUNEC organised a conference on the theme of migration and education, hosted by the colleagues from the Pedagogical Institute in the Cyprus MOEC (Ministry of Education and Culture).
A combination of presentations and discussions with international experts, debate in workshops and a school visit to two schools in the ZEP (Zone of Educational Priority) in Larnaca, has lead to common statements on the subject.
‘Erasmus for all’ is the new EU Programme for education, training, youth and sport proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011.
The proposal integrates the seven existing programmes on education and training (Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for cooperation with industrialized countries).
EUNEC was invited at the first meeting of the group of stakeholder organisations working on ECEC and ESL, which took place at 26 June 201 in BRUSSELS.
A full report of the event will be soon available.