19.06.2013 POLICY

MEPs discuss Rethinking Education

Rethinking Education, a strategy presented by the European Commission last November, calls for focusing on 'learning outcomes' - the knowledge, skills and competences that students acquire. The rapporteur of the European Parliament´s (EP) Draft Report, Katarína Neveďalová (S&D, SK), defends adult education and lifelong learning.

Slovakian MEP Katarína Neveďalová puts together European Parliament's report on the Rethinking Education strategy.

"I have summarised the content of the Draft Report to three areas: youth unemployment, partnerships and lifelong learning," Ms Neveďalová said in her presentation in the meeting of the Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) held this week´s Monday, the 17th of June.

She points out that most European countries struggle with youth unemployment and education should support employability. Partnerships between education institutions and businesses as well as with NGO´s should be fostered because non-formal and informal skills can be acquired also that way.

Increased support for lifelong learning

In the Draft Report the rapporteur stresses the need to focus on low-skilled adults and intergenerational learning. Ms Neveďalová also proposes to extend the recognition of qualifications gained outside the formal education and training system.

For her it is also important to increase civil society involvement when modernising education and training policies.

Next steps

  • MEPs of the CULT Committee will table the Amendments to the Draft Report by 27 June 2013.
  • CULT Committee will vote on the Draft Report in September 2013. Vote in the plenary of the EP takes place later.
  • Council of the European Union adopted Rethinking Education in February 2013.

More information

European Commission's Communication on Rethinking Education

Rethinking Education - Citizen´s summary

EAEA statement on Rethinking Education

Text: Aura Vuorenrinne