In 2010 three working groups were set to work on the “Social dimension of Education and Training”, “EU tools and Competences” and “Sustainability of Lifelong Learning”. These working groups are composed of experts and practitioners coming from our member networks. The fact that they all come from various sectors and levels of education and training ensures a transversal perspective on key areas of cooperation. From 2012, a unique “Europe 2020″ working group replaced the three current ones. EUCIS-LLL also leads an informal working group together with the European Youth Forum and 28 European networks on the future programme for education, training and youth.
LLL Interest Group
Initiated by EAEA and EUCIS-LLL together with a number of MEPs, the Interest Group on Lifelong Learning brings together civil society representatives and MEPs to discuss key issues connected to lifelong learning with strong emphasis on adult education. An important reason to form the Interest Group on Lifelong Learning is the new European Commission and its priorities. We stand for a comprehensive and trans-sectorial lifelong learning approach, and want to stress that education is not only about employment, but is linked to personal development, social inclusion, active citizenship, and much more. The interest group works as a “watchdog” to what the European Union is doing. The focus of 2015–2016 is “Inclusive education for inclusive societies”. The group aims to fight inequalities and discrimination in education in order to reach the Europe 2020 and Education and Training 2020 headline targets and contribute to the EU growth strategy this way.
Read the first press release.
Read the Report “The role of education in promoting EU fundamental values”, from 22 September 2015 meeting. You can also download it here.
Learning for Well-being working group
EUCIS-LLL has been advocating for the recognition of the wider benefits of learning since its creation. A clear imbalance has been observed between the conception of education as a «skills provider» for the labour market and as a key driver for social cohesion and well-being, while both should go hand in hand. EUCIS-LLL has therefore decided to set up a working group on learning for well-being to shed a new light on “the treasure within” education. Based on a survey conducted among its members, EUCIS-LLL appears to be in a great position to bring together expertise from many organisations, in a «from practice to policy» approach. The group aims at building evidence for advocacy and capacity-building on how lifelong learning can contribute to healthier and happier individuals and societies. In turn, better learning environments will contribute to improve educational attainments and thus the capacity of Europe to reach its targets for 2020. EUCIS-LLL will work in close partnership with the Learning for Well-Being consortium.
Europe 2020 working group
The new EUCIS-LLL working group on EU2020 and Education & Training policies is organised by the Steering Committee in close relation with the Secretariat and attended by member networks representatives. It aims to foster ownership among the Platform on the EU strategy for growth and how to better link it with education and training. It seeks to build a common voice on issues related to the ET2020 and Europe 2020; adopt common positions; foster the capacity building of the platform and contribute to events organized by EUCIS-LLL or its partners.
Members only: see all documents for previous and next meetings in our members’ area.
Task force on validation of non-formal and informal learning
The validation of non-formal and informal learning outcomes is a key issue for EUCIS-LLL. Coherence in lifelong learning strategies means building bridges between formal, non-formal and informal education. This focus on flexible learning pathways has led in the past years to an increased attention paid to the validation and recognition of learning that takes place outside formal systems. On 20 December 2012 the Council of the EU adopted a Recommendation on Validation of non-formal and informal learning for an increased cooperation between the EU and Member States with the goal to have national validation arrangements in all countries by 2018. EUCIS-LLL decided to set up a task force in July 2013 in order to follow up on the Recommendation implementation and work both on political and practical proposals regarding the validation of non-formal and informal learning. The task force works as a space for cross-fertilisation and exchange of expertise, meeting three or four times a year.
Members only: to see all previous and future meeting documents, visit our members’ area
To know more about EUCIS-LLL work on validation:
- EUCIS-LLL 10 key principles on validation (June 2014)
- EUCIS-LLL press release on validation arrangements and youth employment (April 2014)
- EUCIS-LLL press release on EU Recommendation on VNFIL (28 September 2012)
- EUCIS-LLL first LLL Magazine on VNFIL and key messages (June 2012)
- General report on EUCIS-LLL Seminar on VNFIL (December 2011)
- EUCIS-LLL database of good practices on VNFIL
Informal Coalition on Erasmus+
In the framework of the preparation of the 2010 Stakeholders’ Forum, EUCIS-LLL in partnership with the European Youth Forum, took the leadership of a joint initiative on the future European programmes, together with other educational and youth organisation. As a result, 27 and now 30 major European Stakeholders in Education, Training and Youth, including EUCIS-LLL members plus EYF, ESU, EEE-YFU, EVBB and others, signed a joint declaration on the future programmes in April 2011. They continue their work on the future programmes for education, training and youth.