Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training

In its communication, an updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training, the European Commission highlights its vision of closer cooperation between Member States on education reform in order to address issues such as the skills deficit, an ageing society and to better prepare people for the labour market.

The Communication identifies four long-term strategic challenges and benchmarks around which Member States will adopt national targets in the years to 2020:

• Make lifelong learning and learner mobility a reality: national lifelong learning strategies are to be fully implemented with a particular emphasis on the validation of non-formal and informal learning and guidance. All national qualification systems should link to the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and support an outcome-based approach to learning in their standards, assessment procedures, curricula and quality assurance systems.

• Improve the quality and efficiency of education provision and outcomes: Increased cooperation is required to boost the take-up of maths and science in higher education and improve the professional development of teachers and trainers. Member States are encouraged to ensure that future skills requirements and labour market needs are assessed and incorporated into education and training planning.

• Promote equity and active citizenship: the Commission encourages stronger cooperation with Member States aimed at preventing early school drop-outs, as well as promoting the increased inclusion of migrants and learners with special needs in the education system.

• Enhance innovation and creativity, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training: acknowledging the importance of innovation and creativity as key factors for the socio-economic development of Europe, transversal competences including digital skills, communication skills and entrepreneurship among others should be instilled in all citizens. The inclusion of ICT tools for learners and teachers is strongly encouraged in all curricula and qualifications.

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