Innovation in Education discussed by CESI Trade Council

7 Nov 2013

The Education Trade Council took place in Brussels last month (Thursday 24 October). The topics for discussion ranged from social dialogue in the education sector to the new technologies being used in the field. The Trade Council is an ideal forum for exchanging ideas, concerns and best practices between Member States in the education sector.

Innovation in Education discussed by CESI Trade Council

The afternoon session was dedicated to how new technologies have influenced the education sector. Eleonora Sanna, Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II”, kicked off the debate by presenting the concept of School 2.0, a pilot project in Italy which recognises the added value of innovative technology in schools by digitalizing education. The innovative approach has been tried in 13 schools in Italy, with more looking to sign up to the scheme in the future.

However, new technologies are not without risk. Peter Smith from the Department of Psychology at the University of London spoke on the issue of cyberbullying, covering its nature, how it can be prevented and the role of the school in confronting cyberbullying.

The trade council was also the opportunity for CESI’s position on “Rethinking education – investing in skills for better socio-economic results” to be presented. Dr. Horst Günther Klitzing, Vice President of the Education Trade Council (dbb), as rapporteur for the position, calls for a need for teaching as a profession to become more attractive, and more generally, for investment in education to increase. The position paper can be read here.

Following the adoption of CESI’s position, the European Commission has since published the Education and Training Monitor for 2013, released 30 October, which reveals that sixteen EU Member States have decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011. The report, broadly in line with CESI’s resolution, also confirms a decrease in the employment rate of recent graduates with at least an upper secondary education qualification.