4/29/2015

Intergenerational Learning for Sustainable Societies - message on the European Day of Solidarity between Generations

EUCIS-LLL Press Release
Today, on the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, half of the population is 40   years old or above, and it is estimated to be 48 years or above in 2060, inevitably shaking our already fragile social structures. It is high time we take solid measures to bridge the increasing gaps between generations and sharpen ourselves up for challenges ahead. Education is a natural setting to support intergenerational solidarity and many interesting initiatives are already taking place in our schools, universities, in adult education and other non-formal and informal education settings. They offer new ways of sharing knowledge and creating more cohesive societies. EUCIS-LLL strongly believes that intergenerational learning is now more relevant than ever and should be mainstreamed at all levels. 

4/27/2015

Call for Lab Submissions: Freedom vs control: For a democratic response

The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, social innovators, academia, and media to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide and encourage democratic innovation.

The fourth edition of the World Forum for Democracy, to take place on 18-20 November 2015, will focus on the challenges democracies face in addressing security risks without jeopardising freedom and democratic stability.

For the first time, the Forum will not only showcase already existing initiatives, but also innovative, untested ideas[3] to maintain and develop democracy’s basic principles in times of increasing security threats.

Interested organisations worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting either an example/initiative or an idea to respond to security threats in a way that preserves the basic principles of democracy such as freedom of expression, public deliberation, and the privacy of citizens, by answering the questionnaire in the appendix and sending it to forum_democracy@coe.int by 15 May 2015. The World Forum Task Force will select the most interesting and relevant proposals in June 2015.

4/23/2015

Promoting reading on mobiles - the key message of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015

Millions of people do not read for one reason: they do not have access to text. But today mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming a scarce resource into an abundant one.
Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, this report paints the most detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why.
The findings illuminate, for the first time, the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers.  This information points to strategies to expand mobile reading and, by extension, the educational, social and economic benefits associated with increased reading.
Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world. This report shows how. 
Read the full report here
Great infographic on the key messages here
Source: unesco.org

4/22/2015

Learning should be fun - it is the best way to educate lifelong learners

The LEGO Idea Conference 2015 (14/15 April 2015) gathered over 300 carefully selected experts from all around the world with a diverse background from academia to practice with a very ambitious goal: defining solution to address barriers to unlock every child’s potential. The aim was not only to identify and agree on barriers blocking progress, but also to co-create new ideas, innovations and partnerships to overcome these barriers. In general to promote learning as something great and enjoyable – and also to make it become like that. The day before the conference also offered an opportunity to start working with a small core group of experts around this – a group thinking that is planned to go on for the years to come - and also to meet the owner of LEGO, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a visionary and dedicated man.

4/19/2015

Join us and participate at the Youth Well-Being Consultation

Active Europe, CATALYST, Commonwealth Secretariat Youth Division, European Parents’ Association (EPA), European Youth Forum, Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children (HBSC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Youth Foundation, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Restless Development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),  Web-COSI and Youth Policy 

invite you to join the

 

Wikiprogress Online Consultation onYouth Well-being

 Open now and running until the 15th May 2015

4/03/2015

Education Ministers adopt a declaration to tackle intolerance, discrimination and radicalisation


During the informal meeting in Paris on 17 March, which was honoured by the presence of the French President Fran├žois Hollande, Education Ministers from the European Union Member States and Mr Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport adopted the Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

Implementation of the Investing in Children EC Recommendation - New handbook published

The 2013 European Commission Recommendation “Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage” presented a comprehensive policy approach to child poverty and well-being. A new Implementation Handbook by Eurochild and its partners in the Alliance of Investing in Children (including EPA) launched on 1st April in Brussels, shows how Member States can translate the policy guidelines into action.