Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!
Earlier this month Education Ministers of the European Union (EU) had an informal meeting in Cyprus to discuss education policy and economic development. The aim was to explore how investment in education can have a positive effect on economic development and help young people’s labour market prospects. Nobel Prize winner and Professor at The London School of Economics (LSE) Mr. Christopher Pissarides was also present at this informal meeting. Mr Pissarides gave a presentation on the role of education in the Europe 2020 Strategy* and how education is a way to successfully exit from the economic crisis.
But do we not know this already? These methods are as profound and innovative as someone discovering gravity today! Yet these solutions are still not followed through with tangible and consistent investments. We do not need any more meetings and time spent on repeating common knowledge. Meanwhile, Education has been hit by austerity cuts across the EU and we will see the consequences of these cuts in years to come.
To discuss good education policy and investment in the next generation is a step in the right direction, but I will be saving my applause for something more concrete.
*As part of delivering growth through effective investments in education, below are two policy actions agreed to by all 27 member states of the EU:
· To reduce school drop-out rates below 10%
· For at least 40% of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education.