The Education for Climate Coalition kicked off with an initial focus group meeting on 11 March 2021, with the participation of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.
This initiative aims to support a fair, green and digital societal transition in Europe by mobilizing the education and training community. The actions of the coalition support and compliment other European Green Deal projects, including the European Climate Pact (EuChemS answered to the Public Consultation on the European Climate Pact in June 2020, you can read the complete response here).
The priorities of Education for Climate Coalition are the following:
- green skills development
- teacher training
- promoting behaviour change
- linking education and science
- collective awareness raising
Individuals and collective actors at the local, regional and national levels will be invited to contribute to the Coalition’s efforts by making pledges for actions on a dedicated online platform that will be released in order to connect stakeholders in the field of education and to enhance innovation and the sharing of knowledge.
A survey of the European Commission to express interest in supporting the work of the Coalition towards realizing the climate goals of the EU received 576 contributions.
Read more about it here.
About the European Education Area
The European Commission, together with EU member states, is developing initiatives to work towards the creation and implementation of the European Education Area. The implementation of such a framework will aid in developing a common European space of learning, boosting exchange programmes to send students abroad, recognizing school and higher education qualifications across the EU, and developing a sense of European belonging.
On 30 September 2020, a new post on the European Education Area was published: the European Commission adopted two initiatives to implement the European Education Area by 2025.
Read the Press release of the European Commission about the EEA here.