The Commission hosted the first European Education summit in Brussels on 25th January. It laid out its plans to create a European Education Area by 2025.
Europeans have the right to benefit from the best education and training available, to achieve their full potential and to contribute to society. However, as the latest Education and Training Monitor 2017 shows, inequality remains a challenge, with students’ socio-economic backgrounds largely determining their educational attainment.
Within the broad theme of ‘Laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values-based education,’ the first European Education Summit brought together around 450 participants to discuss the importance of the European Education Area 2025, of basic skills and inclusive education and the skills that will be needed in the decades to come.
The Summit explored how to capture the latest knowledge and insights into education and how to turn our aspirations into a reality, as it is only through education that citizens can be equipped with the skills to actively contribute to today’s societies.
This reflection took place in the context of work towards a European Education Area, which will make mobility a reality for all, create a network of European Universities and promote lifelong learning.