On March 14th 2018, in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage YouthProAktiv took part in the event “Culture and Education for All: Building the Skills for More Resilient Societies” organized by LifeLong Learning Platform. Civil society organizations, together with high-level policymakers and stakeholders discussed and explored the potential of diverse learning environments and learning mobility to increase cultural awareness and shared values.
Mr. Lars Ebert from Culture Action Europe launched the event by highlighting the importance of education and culture. “Supporting culture is supporting Europe” he stressed. Following the floor, Ms. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, former minister of Education, Culture and Research of Luxembourg, highlighted the need for governments and policy-makers to invest a lot and properly in order for education to be effective and fruitful. GDP sharing within the government policy was pointed out as a way forward for it.
In the same line, Mr. Yasen Gyurov, First Secretary for Education and Training, Chair of the Education Committee of the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU, mentioned the three main substances for education: Digitalization – every student should to have digital skill, Inclusiveness – programs such as Erasmus+ should be promoted, spread and students should take advantages of the program, and Subsidy – the government should give more support to education in the field of finance.
Mr. Jens Nymand Christensen, Deputy Director General of DG EAC, focused on the European Year of Cultural Heritage underling the significance of heritage for the nation as an important element to be learnt along with culture in education.
The event aimed to engage the audience on a shared evaluation on how can culture be promoted in the field of education. Mobility was shown as the element filling the gap between education and culture thus more funding for mobility programs was requested.