Brussel, 04 May 2018

European Parliament: MEPs call for educational choice
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We are happy that the adopted resolution on “Modernisation of Education in the EU” contains key demands of our advocacy.

On 25th April 2018, the Euro­pean Parliament’s Com­mit­tee on Cul­ture and Edu­ca­tion adopt­ed its res­o­lu­tion on “Mod­erni­sa­tion of Edu­ca­tion in the EU”. The rap­por­teur, MEP Krysti­na Lybac­ka, aimed to deter­mine the new direc­tion of edu­ca­tion in the future. We are hap­py to report that the adopt­ed text con­tains key demands of our advo­ca­cy such as free­dom of parental school choice, pub­lic school fund­ing and our call for an age-appro­pri­ate media edu­ca­tion.

The draft report of Jan­u­ary 2018 already put a strong empha­sis on the holis­tic devel­op­ment of chil­dren as well as cre­ativ­i­ty and well-being but ideas like age-appro­pri­ate ICT and media ped­a­gogy, free­dom of parental school choice and pub­lic fund­ing for non-prof­it schools were still miss­ing. Togeth­er with our nation­al mem­bers and Euro­pean part­ners, we approached MEPs to pro­mote changes in this regard.

One key achieve­ment is a para­graph estab­lish­ing the right to free­dom of edu­ca­tion­al choice that calls for pub­lic school fund­ing. Oth­er inter­est­ing amend­ments include the notions of age- and devel­op­ment appro­pri­ate media edu­ca­tion, more auton­o­my for schools regard­ing cur­ric­u­la and diver­si­ty in assess­ment.

ECSWE will close­ly fol­low the next steps and report on the Euro­pean Par­lia­men­t’s ple­nary vote in June.

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Georg Jürgens

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