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Volume 50, No.4 December 2015
Title : Citizens, Learners and Workers in a Complex, Changing World: challenges for policy and research
Guest Editors : Jean Gordon, Edith Hooge & Janet Looney

Volume 50, No.3 September 2015
Title : Education and Social Transformation
Guest Editor : Richard Desjardins

Volume 50, No.2 June 2015
Title: Learning to Be — Idealism or Core Business?
Guest Editor: David Istance

Volume 50, No.1 March 2015
Title: What is Learning for ?
Guest Editors: Roberto Carneiro, Richard Desjardins, Jean Gordon & Janet Looney

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News and Events


Publication on January 14 of the study by Futuribles International : Report "Vigie 2016" on possible futures for the period 2030-2050

EIESP participated to this study by writing the section on "education and training" : the contributions of Bernard Hugonnier, Janet Looney, Alain Michel, Lorène Prigent and Paul Santelmann will be available from January 14 on the website of Futuribles International:

You may also find on this website the issue n° 410 (January-February 2016) of the Futuribles Review which includes the following articles:
  • "Elitisme républicain ou République élitiste?" by Bernard Hugonnier
  • "Education: le poids croissant de standards internationaux" by Alain Michel
  • "La formation continue en France: pour une réforme à la hauteur des enjeux" by Paul Santelmann


Conference about the ongoing reform of lower secondary education in France : Institut Français de l’Education / Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon (13-14 October 2015)

Following the European study on the implementation of key competences in Europe (KeyCoNet network), the EIESP has participated in a conference about the ongoing reform of lower secondary education in France. Janet Looney and Alain Michel were key speakers about ‘Key Competences and Curriculum Change in Europe’ while Isobel McGregor, associated expert of EIESP, presented the exemple of the ‘Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland’. Alain Michel has also monitored two workshops on the theme ‘Information, communication and citizenship’ as an example of the new ‘practical interdisciplinary activities’ (enseignements pratiques interdisciplinaires) which must be implemented from September 2016.

Click here to see the presentations and audio recordings of the conference.

Annual meeting of the Association of Teacher-Researchers in the Education Sciences  (l’Association des Enseignants Chercheurs en Sciences de l’Education )  - Paris 27th June 2015

Alain Michel introduced the EIESP’s European Journal of Education to about 80 researchers and doctal studetns in educational sciences from universities throughout France (Mr. Michel is honorary EIESP president and has been a member of the EJE editorial board since 2007).

7 – 9 January Colloquium “Interaction of Research, innovation, science and society”, Paris 

This event was organized by a consortium of research institutions, universities and civil society organisations (education associations, educational and youth movements, etc) led by Alliance Sciences Société (AlliSS) . The aim was to foster a discussion on the nature and quality of research and science-society relations.  EIESP president Jean-Claude Ruano Barbalon was among the main organizers.  Alain Michel and Janet Looney of EIESP intervened in the workshop "Does society need educational research?” and Janet Looney participated in a plenary session on the topic" Recognizing new territories of knowledge ".



14 – 15 December, National Conference on “Innovative Education, from Policies to Practice”, Palestine Technical University Kadoorie (PTUK), Tulkarm, Palestine

PTUK recently established the Kadoorie Center for Learning and Teaching Innovation (KCLTI). The conference involved participants from various Palestinian universities and a number of guest speakers from the Commonwealth of Learning, Queensland University of Australia, Northwestern University, Columbia University, Millersville University, Cornell University and the American University in Cairo. Janet Looney made a presentation on “Assessment and Creativity” EIESP Board Member Daniel Kropf and chair of the Universal Education Foundation/Learning for Wellbeing network, also attended the event. Marwan Awartani, the president of PTUK and a core member of the Learning for Well-being network in which EIESP participate was the host of the event.


11 December, ‘VNFIL (Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning) in Europe: Learning from the Best’, EUCIS-LLL (the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning), Brussels 

This panel discussion was sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation as part of EUCIS-LLL’s lifelong learning week.  It brought together contributors to a Foundation study on the main concepts of Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (e.g. VAE - Validations des Acquis de l'Expérience.), legal regulations, how recognition works in practice and in how far these processes benefit people with low formal qualifications in 5 European countries, and whether and how elements of the different systems may be transferred to the German context.  Janet Looney presented results of the case study on France written with Alain Michel.

International Conference at Montpellier - 11th and 12th December 2014

International conference (70 participants of several countries : mainly teacher educators and university professors) in Montpellier about the outcomes of the European study on the the policies for improving the attractivenessof the teaching profession.
Alain MICHEL and Michèle SELLIER (EIESP) mentioned the KeyCoNet project about the initial education and professional development of teachers in order to teach key competences.


KeyCoNet Project

On 25-26 November 2014, KeyCoNet hosted its final conference, launching its recommendations for policy makers and practitioners on how to improve the implementation of competence-based education in schools across Europe. The conference took place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. 

KeyCoNet Final Conference (click here)

The EIESP has been one of the main partners of European Schoolnet for this project which started in 2011, in particular for the review of literature on key competences, the design of the European survey and of final policy recommendations. Jean Gordon, Janet Looney and Alain Michel participated in all the meetings organised in Brussels, Seville, Dublin and Malta.

KeyCoNet Recommendations (click here)


18 November, Senate Debate – Petit dejeuner debat sur l’evaluation

APEL (Association de parents d’élèves de l’enseignement libre)  hosted this event, with Pierre Merle and Janet Looney debating on the subject of "Des notes pour quoi faire?".  The debate included interventions by students and parent organisations.  

13 – 14 November, Eminent Conference, European School Network, Zurich

The Experts Meeting in Education Networking (EMINENT) is an annual event organised by European Schoolnet. Participants include Ministries of Education, industry partners and other stakeholders involved in education. This year, the conference focused on innovation in education as well as assessment challenges Janet Looney participated in the first plenary round table on “Trends and Challenges in Assessment”, along with Morrten Søby, Head of Department, Norwegian Centre for ICT in education, Ministry of Education and Research

4–6 November, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE),  “Imagine, Create, Learn – Creativity at the Heart of Education”, Doha

This annual three-day Summit draws a range of education stakeholders from over 100 countries, and features research and development in innovation in education.   Janet Looney, with colleague Markus Stainmayr of Duisburg-Essen University Centre for Higher Education Development and Quality Enhancement (CHEDQE), led a workshop entitled “Assessing the Quality of Creative Work” at the Doha Summit.

29 October, Workshop on “Recognition of informal and non-formal learning”, Berlin

Alain Michel and Janet Looney participated in this workshop, presenting the initial results of their case study on recognition of informal and non-formal learning in France conducted for a Bertlesmann study.

The 11th International Conference on Excellence in Education

The International Centre for Innovation in Education (, in conjunction with Université Paris Descartes (, Paris College of Art (, Gifted in France ( and the European Institute of Education and Social Policy presented the 11th International Conference on Excellence in Education:
The Creativity – Innovation Challenge
 from July 7 through 10, 2014. Presenters and keynotes from 80 different countries, allowing for comparisons of best practices and trends in different cultures and contexts.
To learn more about this event click here.


80 European organisations launch the European Literacy Policy Network ELINET in Vienna

From the 24th until the 27th of February, 80 organisations from 28 countries mark the start of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) in Vienna, Austria. One in five European 15 year olds, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills, which makes it hard for them to get a job, and increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion. H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands will launch the network to prevent and reduce illiteracy in Europe. Furthermore, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth will elucidate this major new step in a special video message.

In 2011 the European Commission established a High Level Group of experts in the field of literacy. This group examined how to support literacy throughout lifelong learning, identified common success factors of literacy programmes and policy initiatives, and came up with proposals for improving literacy. Following the work of the Group, the European Commission initiated a network to raise awareness, gather and analyse policy information, and exchange policy approaches, good practices, and initiatives to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020.

The launch of the network is organized by the network´s Coordinator, the University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Martin Gross),  in cooperation with the Austrian Book Club in Vienna. The official opening will be at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research. The 80 partner organisations from 28 countries (of which 24 are EU Member States) consist of existing national literacy associations and foundations, policymakers, literacy centres, and other stakeholder groups working in the field.


To learn more about the European Literacy Network, please contact: Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, University of Cologne, Germany: +49-221-7895-5588 or +49-170-4086-321, For information on the Austrian Book Club, please contact Henrike Blum: +43 /1/ 505 17 54-36 or 0680/133 95 26,



Lifelong Learning Week at the European Parliament

Lifelong Learning Week is organised every year by the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL), the European civil society network on lifelong learning, in the European Parliament hosted by MEPs from the different groups. It took place from the 3rd to 6th December. Universal Education Foundation (UEF) sponsored a photo competition on 'The Future of Learning: Unlocking each and everyone’s unique potential'. The winners were presented at the opening cocktail of the Week on the 3rd and Daniel Kropf was invited to make a short presentation which focused on the synergies between Learning for Well-being and the EUCIS Manifesto, Building together the Future of Learning. Jean Gordon represented the EIESP and Learning for Well-being and participated in a panel discussion on Measuring Progress in Lifelong Learning.

Colloquium in Rennes

On December 6th the EIESP participated in a one-day conference entitled 'Bien être chez l'enfant à haut potentiel dans son environnement scolaire' organised by the Pôle Hospitalo-Universitaire de Psychiatrie de l'Enfant et de l'Adolescent in Rennes, in partnership with the Académie de Rennes. Jean Gordon gave a keynote presentation about Learning for Well-being and Alain Michel and Lorène Prigent presented a synthesis of the day's discussion. 

New publications by Cedefop

Cedefop has published a new report entitled 'Return to work. Work-based learning and the reintegration of unemployed adults into the labour market'. short brief has been drafted from the full report.

This study was undertaken by Ecorys UK, led by Vicki Donlevy. Jean Gordon was a member of the advisory group.

New study on Learning Outcomes Approaches

The EIESP is participating in a new study commissioned by Cedefop: 'The application of learning outcomes approaches across Europe – a comparative perspective'. The study, led by Ecorys Poland, builds on the 2007-2008 Cedefop study (in which the EIESP was also involved): 'The Shift to Learning Outcomes'. For more information click here.

The study was launched at a conference organised by Cedefop in Thessaloniki on 21-22 November 2013: 'The shift to learning outcomes and its impacts - taking stock of European policies and practices'. More information, including the programme and presentations, can be found here. For the EIESP, Janet Looney gave a workshop presentation on 'Changes in assessment triggered by the learning outcomes approaches' and Jean Gordon made the summary and synthesis of the three workshop outcomes. 

Please click here to access the conference page and here to view the presentations made by Janet Looney and Jean Gordon of the EIESP. 


Inspiring Unfolding Conference - October

Unfolding Conference: 'Nurturing a culture that allows each and every child to unfold their unique potential and to engage in society' - the Unfolding Conference took place in Brussels from the 23rd to 26th October. It was organized by the Learning for Well-being Consortium and the Alliance for Childhood with participation of Eurochild, Universal Education Foundation (UEF), International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early-Childhood Education (IASWECE), Alliance ELIANT, CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, and European Peer Training Organisation (EPTO). The conference was hosted by the Higher Institute for Family Sciences (Belgium). The event created an opportunity for stakeholders from all over Europe, and from all sectors of society, to have a meaningful and deep dialogue about their policies for children and childhood and to lay the foundation for a fruitful and constructive cooperation. The conference was structured in three blocks:

  • Reflecting together on Wednesday October 23rd with a welcome reception, panel discussion and round table dinner conversations;
  • Insights and dynamic learning on Thursday October 24th during a day of key note speeches and interactive workshops;
  • Getting involved: an Open Space Technology Session on Friday 25th & 26th Saturday October.

Jean Gordon and Jean-Claude Ruano-Borbalan were pleased to be able to join the conference discussions on Wednesday and Thursday bringing an education policy perspective to a very rich and open cross-sector discussion. Click here to see the Unfolding conference brochure. To download the most recent Learning for Well-being information focussing on core capacities click here, and for the Learning for Well-being Institute presentation click here.

Successful CATS Conference - July

The first international and intergenerational conference on making children's participation work was held in Caux (Switzerland) from the 24th to 30th July. CAUX-Initiatives of Change is an independent Swiss foundation that has been working since the late 1940s to promote peace, prevent conflicts, build trust and encourage intercultural dialogue and ethical conduct in business. This first CATS conference brought together over 200 participants from about 40 countries across the world. There were 60 children and young people participating. A rich programme of activities was organised for children, young people and adults - some together, some in separate groups. For more information about the programme click here

Universal Education Foundation (UEF) / Learning for Well-being (L4WB) participated very actively in the organisation and running of this first international children's participation conference. Jean Gordon participated in the conference with the L4WB team and facilitated one of the panel plenaries on Post-conflict reconstruction. To read more click here.

Second Meeting of the Transatlantic Forum for Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY) - New York, July 10-12

The second conference of the TFIEY took place in New York from the 10th to 12th July bringing together about 70 policy makers, practitioners, researchers and policy analysts and foundation experts.  The theme of this meeting was 'Workforce preparation and Curriculum Innovations'. Jean Gordon participated with Daniel Kropf on behalf of Universal Education Foundation (UEF). As part of the meeting, we were able to visit the City University New York (CUNY), Professional Development Institute that is developing adults working with developing children and improving the quality of early childhood provision through system building.

The presentations and the synthesis report of the first meeting (January 2013) are now available on the TFIEY website. The presentations from the NY meeting will be posted shortly.

Study visit to Paris of a Delegation from the Turkish Ministry of National Education (2-5 June 2013)

On behalf of IBF, the EIESP organised a study visit for civil servants of the Turkish Ministry of National Education. The seven delegates, who were interested by the organisation of vocational education and qualifications, have been received by Jacques Perrin (General Inspectorate), Brigitte Bouquet (National Commission of Vocational Certification), Gilles Schildknecht (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers), Jean-Pierre Dudézert (Centre de Formation Permanente, Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas - vocational qualifications of tertiary education through apprenticeship), and Alain Michel and Jean-Claude Ruano-Borbalan (EIESP).

Participation in a European Seminar on the teaching profession organised by the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on the 30th May 2013

Alain Michel, the scientific coordinator of the European study on the attractiveness of the teaching profession, that was coordinated by IBF International Consulting, the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres of Montpellier and the EIESP, represented the EIESP at the conference organised by ETUCE in Ljubljana on the theme: 'The development of the teaching profession in times of economic crisis'. He was one of the three keynote speakers, with Paul Holdsworth (European Commission) and Kristen Weatherby (OECD).

Address at Erasmus Conference in Grenoble

On the 30th May 2013 Dr Hywel Ceri Jones, former Chair of the EIESP, gave the keynote adress at the European conference held at the Université Pierre Mendez France in Grenoble, France on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary  of the university's participation in the EU's flagship programme, Erasmus. Dr Jones played a key role in the design, launch and development of this programme during his career at the European Commission. The pilot version was coordinated by the EIESP.  We are pleased to make his speech available to a wider audience. 

KeyCoNet Project Video Now Available

A video about the KeyCoNet project (more information under 'Projects' ) is now available here.

For more information see project project description here.

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Findings from a European literature review and two case studies

This report, in which the EIESP was involved, with the literature review, case studies and policy brief, can now be downloaded from the website of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission here

For more information see project description here.

EU Presidency Conference in Dublin (18-19 February 2013) on the Professional Identity of Teacher Educators

The event organized by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union focused on the characteristics of and main challenges provided by the broad range of actors who play a role in initial teacher education, as well as the continuing professional development of teachers. The conference was opened by the Ministers of Education of the Republic of Ireland and of Northern Ireland, and the Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.

Alain Michel was the general rapporteur for the conference and participated in the final panel with Professors John Coolahan and Ciaran Surgrue (Ireland), Kay Livingston (Scotland) and Kari Smith (Norway).

You can find conference documentation and the report here.

First Meeting of the Transatlantic Forum for Inclusive Early Years - January

The King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) has brought together a consortium of European and North American foundations to support the Transatlantic Forum for Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY). Universal Education Foundation (UEF), a partner of the EIESP, is a member of this consortium.

The Forum will meet twice a year over the next 3 years bringing together high level policy-makers, experts and practitioners from different European countries and the USA. Forum participants will explore policies and projects supporting the early childhood development of children from migrant and low-income families. The first meeting of the Forum took place in Ghent from the 21st to 23rd January. Jean Gordon participated with Daniel Kropf on behalf of UEF.

The early years are critical for a child’s cognitive, emotional, linguistic and social development. During these early years, development outcomes differ for children from middle- to high-income families and those from low-income families, and the gap widens as time progresses. Early childhood development and quality interventions give children, regardless of family income, an opportunity to reach their full potential.  For more information click here.



The Passing of George Papadopoulos, December 

We were sad to learn of the death of George Papadopoulos, a long-time friend of the EIESP, who died at the end of December at the age of 87. For many years George was the Director of Education at OECD and after his retirement he chaired the Scientific Advisory Board of the EIESP in the early nineties and then Chaired the Editorial Board the European Journal of Education from 2001 to 2005.

Professor Roberto Carneiro, the Chair of the Editorial Board wrote: "I feel devastated and shocked by this sad news. Moreover, I share a sense of loss and orphanhood in this sudden departure of a genuinely wise Mediterranean. We are all indebted to him for his permanent display of a remarkable spirit of service and for his inherent kindness. George has always made me feel a novice next to his encyclopaedic knowledge combined with a towering gentlemanship. A man of values and convictions he fought valiantly for ideals. And he pursued his combats in a manner that only the very few elected and gifted did: Not through forceful reasonings nor invoking arguments of authority; but using the art of asserting his ideas gently, even humbly, however eloquently. George will always be part of the most rewarding sections of my album of memories. He managed a magical mix of intellectual finesse and human wealth. All in all, I consider George to be the epitome of the full-fledge educator. In this respect he behaved well in line with his Greek ancestors, the first body of professional educators, the Sophists."

Participatory Citizenship in the European Union:

Two dissemination meetings were organised by Dr. Bryony Hoskins (the project leader) in London and Southampton on the 6th and 7th December. They were a very interesting conclusion to the European research on participatory citizenship in the EU, in which the EIESP participated. Professor Antoine Bevort (Centre national des arts et métiers), who undertook this work for the EIESP, was invited to make a presentation during these meetings and sent this summary:

A debate was organised in the British Parliament on the 6th December and a seminar in Southampton University the following day on the theme of the effects of austerity policies on active citizenship. They provided opportunities for very informative and stimulating presentations and discussion. I found the presentation of the British situation particularly interesting and also the Danish and Swedish examples. All the cases presented highlighted in a very relevant way how political tensions across Europe are aggravated by austerity policies. In the majority of European countries, the notion of "austerity politics" has become much more common than in France where we prefer to talk about "rigour" in a rather euphemistic and technocratic manner. Click here and here for the presentation. 

Seminars at CIEP Sèvres

On 15 November 2012, Alain Michel participated in an international seminar (including an important Chinese delegation) at the Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP) de Sèvres about the evaluation of schools organised by the Directorate for Evaluation, Performance and Foresight of the French Ministry of Education.

On 21 November he participated to another seminar at CIEP organised by the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates (SICI) on 'Teacher performance assessment in a context of change and innovation'. Among the participants: Isobel Mc Gregor and Graham Donaldson (Scotland) who have been associated to the activities of EIESP and members of inspectorates of the Czech Republic, England (OFSTED), Estonia, the Netherlands, Scotland and Sweden.


Participation in KeyCoNet Meeting and Peer Learning Visit

Alain Michel and Jean Gordon participated in the network meeting and peer learning visit organised by KeyCoNet in Seville on 22 - 23 October. For more information please visit the KeyCoNet website.

Learning for Well-Being (L4WB) Participation at ISSA-DECET Conference

On October 15-17 Jean Gordon attended- with Daniel Kropf and Linda O'Toole of Universal Education Foundation (UEF)  the conference on 'Co-constructing Professional Learning: Pathways towards Quality, Equity and Respect for Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Care'. The conference organised by ISSA-DECET (ISSA - International Step by Step Association, DECET - Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) and the Open Academy Step by Step Croatia, was held in Opatija, Croatia. For more information please click here.

Learning for Well-Being (L4WB) Participation at DG SANCO & DG EAC Workshop on Mental & Health & Social-Emotional Learning

 On October 9th Jean Gordon and Daniel Kropf were invited to participate in a joint workshop organised by DG SANCO (Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission) and DG EAC (Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission) entitled 'The role of mental health and social emotional learning in promoting educational attainment and preventing early school leaving'.

The workshop assembled experts and relevant stakeholders in the area of mental health promotion in schools. It reviewed current European experiences and research, considered the relevance of mental health promotion in strategic framework for school development, the need for common standards and forms of cooperation between schools and healthcare providers or health insurances.

In the morning, presentations and panel discussions tool place on mental health, social and emotional learning outcomes and exampled of joint good practices and projects bringing together health and educJean Gordon who attended on behalf of the EIESP and the Consortium of Foundations, made a presentation entitled '
Mental health, social and emotional competences and learning outcomes – fields of common interest and responsibility? The education perspective'The presentation revisited some of the big issues facing health, the social sector and education; suggested principles for policy and action to address them based on the Learning for Well-being vision and looked at research that supports these principles. In the afternoon, breakout sessions focused on research needs, challenges in implementation and policy tasks.


Please click here for Recollections & Photos of Lada.

Ladislav Cerych died in Prague on 9 August 2012 at the age of 86. Lada was an energetic advocate for Europe. He founded the institute in 1975 with the support of the European Cultural Foundation and was its director until his retirement in 1990.

The final reports for the Participatory Citizenship in the EU project

The reports are now posted on the European Commission's Citizenship news page.

February - Learning for Well-being: A Policy Priority for Children and Young People in Europe - Policy Glossary Conference (27 February in Brussels)

The Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations in Europe successfully launched ‘Learning for Well-being; A Policy Priority for Children & Youth in Europe. A process for change.' on 27 February 2012 during a conference in Brussels in the Palais des Academies in front of 150 participants from a range of organizations (foundations, NGOs, research, government, EU, European Parliament, OECD, etc.) and from various fields and policy sectors (education, youth, social welfare, health, etc.). Please click here to read more about the launch and to download the policy glossary.


January - New Elected Chair of EIESP

The EIESP is pleased to announce that at the Board meeting on the 20th January 2012, Jean-Claude Ruano-Borbalan was elected as the new Chair of the institute, Michèle Sellier and Luce Pépin as Vice Chairs; Jacques Bessières as Treasurer and Alain Michel as Scientific Advisor.

Raymond Georis, A Quiet European Gardner

On 29th June 2011 a reception was organised by the European Foundations Centre (EFC)  in Brussels on the occasion of publication of 'Raymond Georis, A quiet European Gardner' the book written by David Watkiss and Dianna Rienstra, celebrating and honoring the work of Raymond in European philanthropy. In 1975, as Secretary-General of the European Cultural Foundation he created the EIESP as part of the EFC’s contribution to European construction. He was involved in the life of the institute for many years as a board member and always as a friend. Jean Gordon and Jean-Pierre Jallade attended the reception as well as Daniel Kropf, Executive Director and Founding Chair of the Universal Education Foundation and Luce Pépin, both current EIESP board members.


Active citizenship in the European Union

The EIESP is participating to the project 'Active Citizenship in the E.U.' as member of a consortium, coordinated by the Institute of Education (Llakes Centre) of the University of London, The consortium coordinated by Bryony Hoskins (Llakes Centre) includes also the U.K. National Foundation for Research in Education (NFER) and 5 universities of 5 European countries: Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Slovenia. Alain Michel will participate in the kick-off meeting in London on June 20th 2011.
The study aims at clarifying the concept of active citizenship and its perception among the member States, describing what is actually happening in each country, analysing the favourable factors and he obstacles, singling out interesting innovations and good practice, and formulating recommendations to enhance active citizenship at European, national, regional and local level. The EIESP's staff will participate in this project as follows: Gloria Arjomand, Antoine Bevort (professor at Conservatoire national des arts et métiers), Jean Gordon, Alain Michel, Michèle Sellier and Diane Michel (during her internship).

Education and training in France in 2025

EIESP is participating in a foresight study about education and training in France in 2025 coordinated by Futuribles International. EIESP is bringing in the European context and comparative perspective. Alain Michel gave two lectures on this topic at two 1-day seminars at Futuribles in May 2011. For EIESP, Jean Gordon, Janet Looney and Diane Michel also participate in this project.

Learning for Well-being: A Policy Priority for Children and Young People in Europe - A Consultation

The Consortium invites you to review the draft policy glossary: 'Learning for Well-being: A Policy Priority for Children and Youth in Europe - A movement for change'. The Policy Glossary is designed to contribute to better policy for children and youth across Europe, fit to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Please click here to read about the consultation and to download the Policy Glossary.

The Challenges of Education Systems in Multicultural Societies

Jean Gordon was invited to make a presentation on 'Learning for Well-being: Key competences for lifelong learners in multicultural societies' for a study tour group of practitioners from Albania, Croatia, Iceland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey organised by the Directorate-General for Enlargement of the European Commission in Brussels from the 1st to the 4th March.

You can download the presentation here.

Study on policy measures to improve the attractiveness of the teaching profession in Europe

We are pleased to announce that the consortium led by the Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques (France) and IBF International Consulting (Belgium) in which the EIESP is a partner has won the tender EAC/34/2010 - 'Study on policy measures to improve the attractiveness of the teaching profession in Europe'. The study will be carried out during 2011 with partners and experts from across Europe.


Key competences in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On the 16th and 17th December, OSCE's (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the MDG Achievement Fund organised a two-day conference for the pedagogues (teacher advisors and trainers) in all compulsory education schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the theme of 'Education for the Future: The European Framework of Key Competences'. Jean Gordon was invited to make a presentation on 'Key Competences in Europe: opening doors for lifelong learning in school and teacher education'. The conference included interesting presentations and workshops led by colleagues from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Serbia and Slovenia.

DISCO II: a multi-lingual thesaurus of skills and competencies

Since November 2010, the EIESP is a partner of the DISCO II project in an European consortium led by 3S Unternehmensberatung (Austria). Realising a ‘European labour market’ and a ‘European lifelong learning area’ requires qualifications and competences which can be easily understood, compared, and transferred. To address this challenge a set of European transparency instruments has been developed. The most important examples are the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and Europass (Europass CV, Europass Mobility, Certificate Supplement…).

DISCO II supports those instruments by offering a variety of terms and expressions to describe occupations, qualifications, jobs and competence profiles of individuals in three growing economic sectors: health and social services, environmental protection and information technology. DISCO II thus offers a common terminology based on learning outcomes (extracted from e.g. Certificate Supplements) for the comparison of skills and competence profiles in education, labour market and industry. Alain Michel participated in the kick-off meeting in Bratislava on 25th and 26th November.

Learning for Well-being Policy Glossary

The Learning for Well-being Consortium organised a highly successful expert consultation on 26-27 November, In Marrakesh (Morocco) with the aim of generating concrete feedback on the first draft of the ‘Learning for Well-being’ Policy Glossary, prepared by Professor Ilona Kickbusch.
For more information click here

Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage

This Belgian Presidency conference held in Ghent from the 27th to 29th September aimed to put European, national and regional policy and models of good practice under the spotlight with a view to promoting equality and inclusion across all levels of education (preschool, compulsory, higher and adult education). Jean Gordon was invited to chair a workshop session on 'Pupils at risk of social exclusion: overcoming school failure and reducing school drop out'.

More information can be found on the conference website.


European Foundation Centre Annual Conference

From the 31st May to 4th June European Foundation Centre (EFC) organised the first ever Foundation Week which included Open Days that showcased the work of foundations and offered free admission to a variety of debates on issues that affect the lives of citizens across Europe and globally, as well as free admission to the annual conference.

The Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations in Europe joined forces with the EFC Children and Youth Funders Group and Eurochild to organize a full-day event on the 1st June dedicated to children and youth, celebrating International Children’s Day. It consisted of three consecutive sessions focusing on different aspects of children’s rights, participation and learning for well-being. As well as debates, there was a networking lunch where foundations could showcase their work with children and youth. As Secretariat to the Consortium, Jean Gordon and Gloria Arjomand organized and participated in the Consortium session which was attended by about 45 representatives of foundations and their partners, government, NGOs and researchers. You can find a report on the session on the Learning for Well-being Consortium webpage.

Romania - higher education foresight

On June 2nd 2010, Alain Michel participated in a seminar on the future of higher education in Bucharest, organised by the Romanian authorities. It is the third seminar of this activity, financed by the European Commission, in which EIESP is participating since October 2009.

Capacity-building for education reform - Turkey

On May 28th and 29th, Alain Michel gave a lecture in Ankara at the final conference of the European project on ‘Capacity-building for educational reform’ organised by the Turkish Ministry of Education. This was the 4th lecture given by Alain Michel during this project. The others were given in Istanbul in June 2009 and in Paris in October 2009 and in March 2010 when EIESP organised with SOFRECO a study visit to Paris for senior civil servants from the Turkish Ministry of National Education.

People to People Programme - seminar in Sarajevo

On the 18th and 19th May, the People to People programme of the Directorate-General fo Enlargement of the European Commission organised a seminar for civil society organizations and education stakeholders in Sarajevo on Education in a multicultural society. Jean Gordon gave an overview presentation: ‘Key competences for Education in a multicultural society’.

More information is available on the website of the European Commission.


Future of higher education

Alain Michel participated in an international seminar in Paris on May 7th on the future of higher education organised by the Foundation Leopold Mayer.


EU Thematic Forum on School-Business Cooperation

DG Education and Culture organised the first EU Thematic Forum on School-Business Cooperation on the 24th and 25th March. Jean Gordon was invited to participate in a panel discussion on Transversal Competences.


Seminar on foresight - Brussels

Alain Michel participated in a seminar on foresight organised in Brussels on March 12th 2010 (second one after the seminar organised in Brussels in September 2009).

University of Creteil - lecture for school principals and teachers

Alain Michel gave a lecture at the Université de Créteil of Paris (France) on March 9th for about 45 principals and teachers coming from about 23 countries on the salient features of the French education system and the main ongoing reforms.


Participation in the Council of Europe’s ‘Building a Europe for and with Children’ – December 2009

A consultative roundtable was organised by the Council of Europe on children’s participation in the framework of their project, “Building a Europe for and with Children” in Helsinki in December 2009. Daniel Kropf and Jean Gordon attended for Universal Education Foundation (UEF). This roundtable discussion aimed at introducing the Roadmap 2000 – 2011 for Council of Europe actions on participation of children and young people under the age of 18, and in particular to exchange information on good practices and to seek advice and input from stakeholders for future actions on participation.

European Training Foundation symposium

Alain Michel participated in a European symposium held at the European Training Foundation in Turin (Italy) on November 10th on 'Education and Training for Change, Sustainability and Social Gain'. It was organsied in the framework of the issue of the European Journal of Education guest edited by ETF on this subject, which was published in June 2010. Alain represented the editorial board of the journal.

European Training Foundation - seminar in Albania

Alain Michel participated in a seminar on October 28th and 29th in Tirana (Albania) organised by the European Training Foundation on short higher technological education.

The 6th Annual Eurochild conference

The 6th Annual conference organised by Eurochild was held in Cyprus from 11 to 13 November 2009 and was entitled ‘Monitoring Child Well-being: Better Policy and Practice’. Daniel Kropf and Jean Gordon participated on behalf of the Universal Education Foundation (UEF) and were invited to make a presentation ‘Engaging Children and Young People in Shaping their Learning Environments’.
This conference was an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how indicators are being used in policy development at national and regional levels in advocating for children’s rights and well-being, as well as in improving practice and setting standards in service delivery to families and children. A key question for the conference was how indicators are being informed by children and young people themselves.

Child Well-being Expert Consultation organised by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, OECD and the European Commission:

Jean Gordon participated with Daniel Kropf, representing Universal Education Foundation, in the OECD/EU/Innocenti Centre consultation meeting on data for monitoring child well-being in late May 2009. There were about 50 participants from major international organizations and a number of representatives from OECD and partner countries. The purpose of the consultation was to develop a shared understanding of a set of data that countries should monitor in order to inform policies for children’s well-being.