OBESSU and its Members Organisations at the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2012
OBESSU and its Member Organisations DOS, CANAE, ESCU and SLL gathered at the European Education, Training and Youth Forum: Investing in skills for growth and jobs in Brussels on the 18-19 October, together with 350 stakeholders in the field. Representing youth and specifically school students from all over Europe, we expressed our concerns and demands regarding the key policy issues in the area of education, training and youth.
The Forum, which was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with EUCIS-LLL, aimed to address the main challenges of the Europe 2020 strategy supporting growth and jobs, how to tackle these, and how the new proposed programme Erasmus for All can support stakeholders in responding to these challenges. In was framed around the results of an online consultation focusing on the priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy, which took place prior to the Forum. In addition, there were 5 topics which were dealt with more in depth, and this was done through 5 different workshops:
- Tackling early school leaving and low educational achievements
- Modernising higher education systems
- Skills for growth and jobs; work-based learning in vocational education and training (VET) and adult learning
- Prioritising and preserving expenditure in education and training at times of tight fiscal consolidation
- Learning in non-formal and informal settings to support employability and the active participation of young people in society
Apart from the workshops, OBESSU attended different round table discussions and plenary sessions during the Forum. Topics such as different aspects of the Erasmus for All programme and how investing in education, training and youth in times of crisis is beneficial and vital were brought up in these sessions.
Written by Daša Koribaničová, OBESSU Board Member
The results of the Online Consultation can be found here:
- Early School Leaving
- Higher Education
- Skills for Growth and Jobs
- Spending in education and training
- Employability and youth participation