The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education

Advocacy Photo: European Parliament Strasbourg, Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Published on July 3rd, 2018 | by ECSWE


European Parliament calls for adequate funding of independent schools

On 13th June 2018, the European Parliament adopted its resolution on the “Modernisation of Education in the EU”. The report covers important topics such as freedom in education, diversity in assessment and media education that ECSWE has worked on for many years. While the document is not binding for Member States or the European Commission, it can become a valuable political tool for both European level and national level advocacy.

What did we demand?
ECSWE’s advocacy work mainly focused on the school education chapter and covered the following demands:

  • With regards to freedom in education, we lobbied for the right to establish schools based on different pedagogical approaches, the right of parental school choice, adequate funding of independent non-profit schools and the idea of freedom of curriculum.
  • With regards to diversity in assessment, we promoted more formative and personalised forms of assessment and highlighted the negative effects of standardised tests on teaching and learning.
  • With regards to age-appropriate media education we highlighted that a meaningful use of digital technology in education requires a solid foundation in basic and social skills and the ability to think critically.

What is in it for the Waldorf movement?
ECSWE’s lobby work was a success as many of our ideas were taken up. Several passages cover our three focus topics freedom in education, diversity in assessment and media education. One key achievement is a paragraph establishing the right to freedom of educational choice that calls for public school funding for independent non-profit schools. Other paragraphs include the notions of age- and development appropriate media education, more autonomy for schools regarding curricula and diversity in assessment.

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Photo: European Parliament Strasbourg, Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

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  • ECSWE Newsletter 51, May 2018

    In this volume:
    • - The ELIANT Petition for age-appropriate media education;
    • - A Parliament resolution calling for educational choice;
    • - News from the ET2020 Working Group Schools;
    • - Reports of the last two Council meetings in Dornach and Cracow;
    • - Domestic reports: from Italy and the Netherlands;
    • - An update on the WOW-Day 2017;
  • Factsheet 2017/18

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