Diversity in education and training environments

Author/Cbuilder

Ulla Alexandra Mattl
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Part One

TNAM Initiative / project description

Title

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Diversity in education and training environments

Description

Description

 

Education and training policy should enable all citizens to benefit from quality education and to acquire and update over a lifetime the knowledge, skills, and competences needed for employment, inclusion, active citizenship and personal fulfilment.

Inequalities persist in European education systems. Pupils from poor socio-economic backgrounds perform worse at school than their peers in all EU countries. Children from immigrant backgrounds, the disabled, and Roma children are among the most vulnerable groups affected. At the same time, there are large differences between countries in the extent to which family background influences learning outcomes.

Against this background, Europe needs more efficient but at the same time more inclusive and equitable education systems, which give access to quality educational provision. The European Union actively supports and supplements Member States efforts in this regard.

In line with legal frameworks, the European Commission is regularly publishing communications giving political directions for the years to come such as the 2012 “Rethinking Education” and the 2013 “Opening up Education” Communications – what is referred to as soft law. These documents mention the need to put emphasis on access and equity as well as Europe 2020 flagship initiatives “Youth on the Move” and the “Agenda for New Skills and New Jobs”. Some sectoral policy initiatives also contribute to tackle the crucial challenge of inclusive education. However there is not a Communication or Flagship initiative providing a clear and comprehensive overview of the EU strategy on these issues.

A series of European initiatives in recent years have provided strong stimulus, comparison and policy guidance to help Member States strengthen equity in their education systems in a way that would ensure both quality and fairness. These include:

    The Council Recommendation on Roma integration measures

    The Council Conclusions on the social dimension of higher education

    The Communication on National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020

    The Communication on early childhood education and care

    The Council Recommendation on reducing early school leaving

    The Council Conclusions on the social dimension of education and training

    The Working Document on education and mobility/migration

  The Communication on Efficiency and Equity in European Education Systems

 

In ADAM 2857 projects can be found when entering the search term diversity in education.

 

Keywords / TAGS
diversity, inclusion, equality, equity, migration

Coordinator contact details

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ulla-alexandra.mattl@eucis-lll.eu

Coordinator Country

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Coordinator Region (NUTS code)

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Partners

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Theme

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  • Access for disadvantaged
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Intercultural learning
  • Language training
  • Social dialogue

Target Groups

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  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Head teachers/principals/managers
  • Non teaching administrative staff

Type

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  • Best practice
  • Methods for Training of Teachers/Staff
  • Inclusion of all in Lifelong Learning

Sector

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  • Education

Educational sector

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  • Pre-primary
  • Primary
  • General secondary
  • Vocational/Technical secondary
  • Special education for disabled persons
  • Adult Education Provider
  • Second change or remedial education
  • Higher education
  • Organizations working migrants/minorities
  • Centres for guidance, counselling or accreditation

Year

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2015
additional info if needed

Language

Your Project language (ISO 639-2)
eng
Languages you will look for

Part Two

TNAM results

1. LLP project or related resource

Title
    IDEAS – Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education
Hyperlink
    http://equityideas.eu/
Comments/Description
    The project is about collecting examples of equity interventions from all corners of the world. Partners are researching if they worked, how they worked and why they worked. It is a partnership of 7 organisations from 6 countries from a variety of fields. Partners are actively involved with equity issues on a day-to-day basis.

2. LLP project or related resource

Title
    SIRUS (EUCEN)
Hyperlink
    http://www.eucen.eu/current/SIRUS
Comments/Description
    SIRUS is a project to support Europe’s universities in implementing the commitments made in the European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning and thus to assist them in developing their specific role as lifelong learning institutions forming a central pillar of the Europe of Knowledge.
    This project has offered approximately twenty universities with different profiles and interests in LLL, and which are at different stages of LLL implementation, an opportunity to develop and enhance their strategic LLL approaches, in interactive discussion with colleagues from all over Europe. At the same time, it is allowing them to contribute to the development of policy recommendations for the European Higher Education Area.

3. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Diversity in Education (EADTU)
Hyperlink
    http://www.diversity-ed.eu
Comments/Description
    The DIV.ED project focuses on the complex topics “Diversity” and “acceptance”/”tolerance” applied to the academic learning context. Its main output is a university Module to be tested, implemented, evaluated and exploited in four partner countries (Austria, Germany, Lithuania and Portugal) before being disseminated and exploited Europe-wide also with other target groups in different educational environments – including (ICT-supported) informal learning. For this purpose, DIV.ED relies on the support of strong networks of the 7 partner institutions and on the use of varied dissemination and exploitation channels, national broadcasting companies among others. Recognition of the Module (6 ECTS) is envisaged in all the academic partner institutions.

4. LLP project or related resource

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Part Three

CB4LLP Action Plan

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Educational Sector

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Part Four

CB4LLP Impact analysis

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