The Covid-19 pandemic has raised collective awareness on the key role of education in the resilience and competitiveness of the Union, in social cohesion, inclusion and the European project itself. We must aim at achieving a European Education Area that allows for greater recognition but also better flow of learners, teachers and knowledge. It is a cornerstone for making Europe a true educational power that draws from the richness of its diversity, of its common rights and values, and benefits of the exchange of practices.
The vocational crisis that the teaching profession is going through across Europe can however only challenge us. Can a European Education Area be conceived without reviving the vocation to teach? Or without teaching the skills and competences needed for the jobs of tomorrow? Can a European approach help strengthen the prestige and attractiveness of the profession? And can cross-border mobility for teachers reinforce the European dimension of our education systems? How can the exchange of practice on pedagogy and competences irrigate our respective school systems? How can we help teachers transmit our European sense of belonging, citizenship and defend our rights and values?
It is time to build a common vision for education, drawing on our shared respect to knowledge and the legacy of the Enlightenment, with teachers at the heart of our collaboration and with consideration for the pedagogical diversity among Member States.
Ilana Cicurel MEP
A European approach to education & teachers
Jean Michel Blanquer, French Minister of National Education
Li Andersson, Finish Minister of Education and Culture
Mariya Gabriel Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
Conversation with representatives of the field
Gillian Coughlan, Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Mayor of Cork County Ireland and history teacher
Susan Flocken, Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)
Associate Prof. Davide Parmigiani, President, Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE)