Other developments in Europe and beyond

OBESSU crowdfunding campaign for Manual for School Students OBESSU –  Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions-  has launched a crowdfunding campaign to print 250 copies of the renewed “Manual for School Students“. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, as Nelson Mandela said, but have you ever wondered how can education itself change the world if education systems do not change? Well, OBESSU representing school students from… Read the full article

January Session of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

This year’s first meeting of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe took place in Strasbourg, 25-30 January 2016. EFIL was represented by Vica Bedő, permanent representative towards this body for EFIL. Great news is that thanks to the common effort of the leaders and the representatives of the INGO Conference in 2015, the Council of Europe increased the financial support of this body.  You can get to know about the study visits,… Read the full article

Follow up on the EU Ministers’ Paris declaration ‘Promoting citizenship’

The European Commission is preparing a communication on the implementation of the Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education. For this purpose, they organised a meeting with Civil Society representatives on 15 December in Brussels, which EFIL attended. The European Parliament adopted  a resolution on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values on  19 January 2016. EFIL has been in close contact with… Read the full article

The European Pool of Representatives has new members and the EFIL Advocacy online course starts!

EFIL’s European Pool of Representatives is a group of 15 AFS volunteers from EFIL members that represent EFIL at external events and in Platforms. This Pool was initiated back in 2011 and has a mandate of two years. Every other year it is reviewed in order to replace members withdrawing. The Pool has just welcomed 5 new members and now counts 15 volunteers from 10 different countries. The 5 new EPORies will attend a mandatory online course on… Read the full article

Taking Validation of Non Formal and Informal learning one step further

Validation of competences been acquired through non-formal and informal learning is a key tool to make people aware of their potential and fight unemployment. In fact, if the correlation between education and employment and especially to quality employment as well as to poverty is well known, one’s qualification does not always correspond to one’s knowledge, skills and competences. Cedefop – the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training – has published in December 2015… Read the full article

EFIL starts its mandate in the Advisory Council on Youth of Council of Europe!

Members of the new Advisory Council on Youth met in Strasbourg at the end of January for training. This included also a session organised by the European Youth Forum on youth policy in Europe, meant to prepare AC members for their mandate over the next two years within Council of Europe. The three priorities of the Youth sector in 2016-2017 will be: democratic citizenship, autonomy and access to rights, as well as inclusive and peaceful societies…. Read the full article

Towards a New EU Skills Agenda

Education ministers have held a policy debate on “Connecting education, the labour market and society” on 24th February, with a view to raising awareness and underlining the urgency of issues relating to skills development. Commissioner Navracsics pointed out that not only cognitive skills are relevant in society; but that “transversal” skills such as creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, languages and communication are also increasingly important for economic and social development. The outcome of the… Read the full article

EFIL is involved in the V cycle of the EU Structured dialogue with young people!

Since 2012 EFIL is involved in the EU structured dialogue with young people which is a process of consultation with young people on EU policy making in the field of education and youth, led by the EU Council. The process is divided in 18 months cycles. The fifth cycle has just started under the Trio Presidency of Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta. Young people will be asked their opinions on policies ‘Enabling All Young People to… Read the full article