EEE-YFU’s position on education after the Paris Declaration

The European Commission has launched a consultation on promoting shared values through education. The consultation is part of the follow-up of the Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

Two years after the Paris Declaration, looking back at the actions undertaken at the European and national levels , we recognise that a more comprehensive educational approach is needed, in order to foster intercultural and global competence in young people.

EEE-YFU, as the voice of YFU organisations in Europe, wants to make sure that our opinion is heard by policy-makers. Not only we responded to the public consultation, but we also prepared a position paper that highlights our calls for actions:

► Integrate newer approaches to intercultural learning and intercultural education in both classrooms and youth work settings, in order to promote a wider vision of cultural diversity that can help young people to learn to avoid “othering”, stereotypes and ultimately discriminatory behaviour.

► Provide more support to actions that develop synergies between formal and non-formal education sectors, and encourage the formal education system to further integrate methodologies coming from the non-formal education field(like peer-to-peer learning, group work, and experiential learning), with a view to create inclusive environments in school settings.

► Dedicate greater focus and more investments to learning mobility below the age of 18, in order to make it truly inclusive and accessible for everyone, not only to university students. This includes creating an enabling environment for mobile pupils and non-for-profit organisations, through allocation of more resources to school exchanges (at least 4 times more than the current budget in Erasmus+), and through academic/formal recognition of school periods abroad.

► Embed the concept of “global competence” in education and training policies and initiatives, thus granting greater role and better recognition to “global citizenship education” with a view to empower learners to be able to contribute to a more inclusive, just and peaceful world.

You can download the full position paper “Education for Intercultural and Global Competences in the Post-Paris Scenario” and share it within your networks.