After two years of exclusively digital exchange, EUNEC members met again to reflect on the future of our education systems. The seminar was hosted by the Education Council of the Netherlands, and took place in The Hague on 15 June 2022. Participants from 12 countries (EU and Québec) analyzed trends shaping education, tried to identify challenges to education systems and discussed possible responses to enhance their resilience, exchanging experiences and practices from participating countries.
At the same occasion, members celebrated the 22th anniversary of the network. Panels discussed the role of education councils in the policy process, inspired by the EUNEC publication 'Education Councils in Europe. Going beyond the tensions.'
EUNEC organised for its members a seminar on 'Education Councils and the European Education Area'. The seminar was hosted by Cnesco and took place on 16 and 17 May 2019 at the premises of CIEP at Sèvres, close to Paris. About 40 persons (education stakeholders, experts and policy makers), coming from 12 countries, participated at this event.
This seminar was hosted by the colleagues from the CNE (Portuguese Education Council), and took place in Lisbon, on 1 and 2 March 2018. About 50 persons (education stakeholders, experts and policy makers), coming from 13 countries, participated at this event.
The link between education and citizenship has always been prominently present in the work of EUNEC. The interest of EUNEC in the theme goes back as early as in 2003/2004 in The Hague.
At this moment, the theme of citizenship education is, again, very prominent on the education policy agenda, after the terrorist attacks, and the raise of new populist parties in many countries, and the polarisation of the political debate the last few years. Within Europe, the discussion is vivid, and education is facing new challenges, given the context of a number of societal disruptions.
Reasons enough for the EUNEC general assembly to decide to organize this meeting, with specific focus on how citizenship can be promoted through education.
On 18 and 19 May 2017, EUNEC organized a seminar on 'Making education more inclusive', hosted by the Institute of Education Sciences, Bucharest. Participants from 13 countries, experts and stakeholders in education and training, shared experiences. The stage was set by Luminita Costache, Education specialist, UNICEF Romania; by Professor Mark M. Alter, professor of Educational Psychology, New York University and by Paula Frederica Hunt, Inclusive Education Consultant at the UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States Regional Office (CEE/CIS). Then participants had the opportunity to visit school number one in Bucharest city centre. The second day of the seminar was dedicated to debate, after input from EUNEC members from Romania, Portugal and Lithuania.
During this seminar, we wanted to make a state of the art of policy concepts underpinning education for children with disabilities. There has been a clear evolution in those policy concepts during the last 50 years. This evolution is the result of a radical change in the way we look at the place of people with disabilities in society.
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.
On 20-21 October 2014, EUNEC has organized a conference on the transition between education and the labour market. The event was hosted by our member organization, the CZESHA (Union of Schools' Associations of the Czech Republic). Key note speaches were performed by CEDEFOP and OECD, and we offered a panorama of good practices, with contributions from the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Romania and Belgium. 42 participants from 14 countries participated at this event: policy makers, stakeholders, experts in the field of vocational education and training. They agreed on common statements on the topic. The full report of the conference is now available, together with all presentations and background documents.
On 5-6 May 2014 EUNEC organized a seminar on the theme of learning in the digital age. About 30 experts and representatives of education councils from 13 European countries participated actively in this seminar.
On 18-20 November 2013, EUNEC organized a three-day conference on the theme of early school leaving, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Parliament (Presidency of the EU) and the European Commission, DG Education and Culture.
About 80 participants, coming from 14 different countries, gathered in the Seimas (the Lithuanian Parliament) to discuss strategies and to find ways to reach the target set by the European Commission to reduce the school drop-out rate to 10% by 2020.
On 15-17 October 2012 EUNEC organized a conference on the theme of migration and education, hosted by the Pedagogical Institute in the Cyprus MOEC (Ministry of Educaiton and Culture). A combination of presentations and discussions with international experts, debate in workshops and a school visit to two schools in the Zone of Educational Priority in Larnaca has lead to common statements on the subject.
Twenty participants, experts and representatives of education councils, coming from 10 European countries, met in Amsterdam for a 1.5 day seminar on excellence in education.
The first day was dedicated to expert presentations, reflection and in depth discussion on the topic. The second day linked the theory to the practice: participants visited an excellent school in the city center of Amsterdam, listened to the project presentation and had the opportunity to discuss with school leaders, teachers and pupils.
You can find the programme, the list of participants, all presentations and relevant documentation below.
A full report of the seminar will be available soon.
The workshop is facilitated by Prof. Dr. Marleen Brans and by Drs. Jan Van Damme.
This workshop has been organized as a follow-up of the study on ‘Education councils in the EU. Balancing expertise, societal input and political control in the production of policy advice' (Public Mangament Institute, Marleen Brans, Jan Van Damme, Jonathan Gaskell)
The conference on ‘New skills for new jobs. Challenges for VET in the 21st century’ took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 24-26 October 2011. 80 participants, coming from 15 different European countries and representing their national/regional education council, participated at the seminar.