Hearing in the European Parliament



FREEDOM OF EDUCATION, A CORNERSTONE OF THE MODERNIZATION OF
EUROPEAN EDUCATION

On February 5, 2019, ECNAIS participated in the meeting hosted by MEP Remo Sernagiotto (European Conservatives and Reformists Group – ECR) on the theme of Freedom of Education, a Cornerstone of the Modernization of European Education.
This meeting had the active participation of MEP Nuno Melo (European People’s Party group – EPP), MEP Luigi Morgano (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats – S&D), MEP Silvia Costa (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats – S&D) and MEP Innocenzo Leontini (European Conservatives and Reformists Group – ECR)
Suzanne Conze, Deputy Head of Unit, DG EAC, European Commission presented some thoughts on The European Education Area.
Civil society was represented by Georg Juergens (European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education), Ignasi Grau(OIDEL), Rodrigo Melo (ECNAIS) and Simon Steen (EMIE).
It was recognized, following the recent European Parliament resolution of 12 June 2018 on modernisation of education in the EU (2017/2224(INI), that Freedom of Education including freedom to establish independent schools is at the roots of the European Union. It can be found in article 14.3 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and in the Constitutions of 23 State members.
The aim of this hearing was to reflect on how independent schools are playing an essential role in the modernization of education in Europe and also how a holistic value driven approach of the right to education is one of the keys to face the challenges of the future of our children in a Europe united by diversity.
The right to education approach for the modernization and inclusiveness of education in Europe is very promising. Independent schools educate 18,7% of the students in Europe and are most willing to contribute to the debate on the future European Education Area.
Civil society organizations have greatly welcomed the earnest commitment of MEP Sernagiotto and his colleagues towards finding a really comprehensive enactment of freedom of education at all European levels. They have also pledged their collaboration and support to the EPs approach and future actions.


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