The fourth edition of the European Education, Training and Youth Forum was recently held in Brussels. This year’s edition was dedicated to discussing how to implement the priority areas for European cooperation in Education and Training 2016-2020, which we already blogged about here.

For this edition, the forum gathered 400 participants representing interest groups and organizations in the education, training and youth sectors in the EU. It also helped the European Commission for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport to identify the challenges to be met by future education and training systems and youth policies.

The various talks, panel discussions and workshops showcased best practices in early school leaving, initial teacher education, digital and online learning, improving completion rates in higher education, social inclusion and non-discrimination, and shared some conclusions of the ET 2020 Working Groups.

This edition of the forum also included several panel discussions on education. One of these discussions allowed the panel to share different views on how the education, training and youth work could contribute to the objectives set out in the Paris Declaration of 17 March 2015, by promoting social inclusion, tolerance and non-discrimination and by teaching fundamental values, intercultural skills and citizenship.

The panel “Way Forward – political conclusions”, in which Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, participated, discussed how EU policies and programmes can act on the conclusions of the Forum. In addition, panellists offered a global vision for European cooperation in the education, training and youth sectors, inclusive education and education and skills.

Commissioner Navracsics stressed the importance of building a common agenda and called on all stakeholders, EU institutions, national ministries, regional and local authorities and social partners to work together towards common objectives.

If you’d like to find out more about this Forum or watch the videos, click here.

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