Title: Special Issue: Literacy – Is Europe Fit for the Future?
Guest editors: Roberto Carneiro and Jean Gordon
Title: Volume Special Issue: Problematising the Issue of Early School Leaving in the European Context
Guest editors: Alistair Ross and Carole Leathwood (video abstract)
Volume 48 No. 2 June 2013
Title: Adult Learning Systems in a Comparative Perspective
Guest editors: Richard Desjardins and Kjell Rubenson (video abstract)
Volume 48 Number 1 March 2013
Title : ICT and Education : taking stock of progress and looking at the future.
Guest editor : Yves Punie (video abstract)
Title: Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe: re-thinking, re-searching and re-conceptualising policies and practices
Guest editor: Mathias Urban
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.
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.
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.
Cedefop has published a new report entitled 'Return to work. Work-based learning and the reintegration of unemployed adults into the labour market'. A 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
A video about the KeyCoNet project (more information under 'Projects' ) is now available here.
For more information see project project description here.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Alain Michel participated in an international seminar in Paris on May 7th on the future of higher education organised by the Foundation Leopold Mayer.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.