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Educational pluralism: a cornerstone to achieve inclusive education


Arti­cle 14 of the EU Char­ter of Fun­da­men­tal Rights safe­guards the free­dom to estab­lish edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions based on demo­c­ra­t­ic prin­ci­ples and parental beliefs. Sim­i­lar­ly, the Euro­pean Pil­lar of Social Rights advo­cates uni­ver­sal access to qual­i­ty and inclu­sive edu­ca­tion. Do these two rights con­tra­dict or sup­port one another?

This event will show how edu­ca­tion­al plu­ral­ism can be a cor­ner­stone of build­ing cohe­sive soci­eties, at the time when the EU needs it the most. Two ground­break­ing stud­ies con­duct­ed by CEU-CEFAS & OIDEL and OIDEL & UNIR offer an unprece­dent­ed quan­ti­ta­tive analy­sis of edu­ca­tion­al free­dom world­wide. These research explore how empow­er­ing par­ents and their free­dom to choose edu­ca­tion for their chil­dren can lead to greater social cohe­sion in Europe.

The pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lowed by crit­i­cal com­ments from the EU edu­ca­tion stake­hold­ers on how this research sheds light on future poli­cies to be devel­oped in Europe.


15.00 Words of welcome

MEP Nuno Melo

15.05 Pre­sen­ta­tion of Index of Free­dom of education

Ignasi Grau, OIDEL

15.15 Pre­sen­ta­tion of cross-research on democ­ra­cy and inclusion

Gon­za­lo Sanz-Mag­a­l­lón, CEU-CEFAS

15.25 Com­men­tary on the research results

15.50 Q&A with audience

16.00 Clos­ing remarks