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.
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.
Text: Aura Vuorenrinne