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Published on May 4th, 2018 | by ECSWE


MEPs call for educational choice

On 25th April 2018, the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education adopted its resolution on “Modernisation of Education in the EU”. The rapporteur, MEP Krystina Lybacka, aimed to determine the new direction of education in the future. We are happy to report that the adopted text contains key demands of our advocacy such as freedom of parental school choice, public school funding and our call for an age-appropriate media education.

The draft report of January 2018 already put a strong emphasis on the holistic development of children as well as creativity and well-being but ideas like age-appropriate ICT and media pedagogy, freedom of parental school choice and public funding for non-profit schools were still missing. Together with our national members and European partners, we approached MEPs to promote changes in this regard.

One key achievement is a paragraph establishing the right to freedom of educational choice that calls for public school funding. Other interesting amendments include the notions of age- and development appropriate media education, more autonomy for schools regarding curricula and diversity in assessment.

ECSWE will closely follow the next steps and report on the European Parliament’s plenary vote in June.

Picture: CULT committee meeting, by Pablo GARRIGOS © European Union 2018, Source : EP

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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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