NGO's raising important questions before the public hearing of the new Commissioners

During the summer EPA joined a group of NGOs all active in the field of education who listed a few key demands about inclusive education and for protecting basic rights is education towards the new European Commissioner responsible for Education. One of these five key issues is the participation of parents. You can read the full text below. 

EUCIS-LLL has also prepared a set of elaborate and very important questions to raise for the successors of Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, Marianne Thyssen and Tibor Navracsics. They all reflect crucial matters of EU governance in the field of education, training and lifelong learning that EUCIS-LLL - EPA is a member of - has identified and tackled in the past years.

Respecting the right to education, embedded in Article 14 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, means ensuring that school environments are healthy, safe, free of segregation and discrimination, and adequately resourced.

The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, the European Network Against Racism, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Youth & Student Organisation, the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions, the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL), Transgender Europe, the European Parents Association, Eurochild

are calling on the Members of the Culture and Education Committee to take the opportunity of the upcoming public hearing (September 2014) to ensure that the candidate for the position of Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship commits to the following:

1. To affirm leadership in fostering a fundamental rights culture of respect, tolerance, inclusion and diversity in the area of education and training and to guarantee that the rights of all learners, in particular children and young people are respected, protected, promoted and fulfilled.

2. To ensure that all learners, in particular children have access to mainstream inclusive education without discrimination on any ground such as sex, disability, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, health, socio-economic, migration or residence status, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. and to foster and mainstream equity along with excellence in all learning pathways

3. To firmly tackle school violence and school bullying (including cyber-bullying) through integrated policies that involve the whole school community: teaching and non-teaching staff, students and parents and to ensure that schools are safe spaces for all students and staff.

4. To promote and support the participation of learners and parents in the governance of educational institutions and the creation and implementation of education policies.

5. To reconcile smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and inclusion policies targeting in particular the most disadvantaged groups; to build more synergies between education and social policies for more comprehensive and efficient lifelong learning strategies.

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