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Lifelong learning with Europe
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A digital workshop on “Lifelong learning with Europe” organised by Saxony’s Ministry of Europe will take place on 14.10.2021. Education about Europe is a key element for empowered citizens. It is not only a task of school education, but also part of lifelong learning. Openness and curiosity towards other people are developed in early childhood and later continued in school. Learning another language, getting to know foreign customs and respecting other views are milestones towards common European values such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. We would like to present models for lifelong learning across Europe from early childhood to old age. The workshop is aimed at pupils, trainees, educators from daycare to adult education as well as interested in Europe.
Event reportEuropean education at all stages of life was the central theme of the impulse workshop “Lifelong Learning with Europe” in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities. The approximately 35 participants came from different European countries and are active in educational and foundation work, regional representations in Brussels, universities, ministries and teaching professions. Questions and suggestions from the participants showed a strong interest in the presented projects. The presentations covered learning with and about Europe in the areas of kindergartens, schools, studies and adulthood. The first impulse showed a short video about the neighbouring language festival on the Europabrücke, which connects the Saxon Görlitz with Zgorzelec in Poland. The festival is a successful example of language and cultural exchange in childhood. The focus was then on cross-border cooperation in kindergartens on the German-Czech border. Since 2007, children from both countries have been getting to know the German and Czech languages together in the partnership kindergartens. By listening, speaking and experiencing in a daily context, common language learning is promoted. Afterwards, the focus of the workshop with the project SESAM'GR shifted to the border region in western Germany. The project combines six different education systems within a cross-border education project in the German-Luxembourg-Belgian-French border area. Formats for teachers on the topics of multilingualism, intercultural education and democracy education are offered. The second part of the workshop continued on adult education. A planned Erasmus+ project in Poland was presented to promote cooperation between schools for pupils with disabilities. Joint projects are organised in which both students and teachers can exchange ideas across Europe. Another part of the project is to bring different generations in Poland closer to learning with and about Europe, while not taking for granted the advantages of the EU, such as freedom to travel. The workshop was concluded with a presentation on “Jean Monnet for Schools”, a new line of the European Erasmus+ programme, which helps to make European education more vibrant in schools. The aim is to support teachers, provide formal training in the form of trainings and create pan-European networks between schools. To sum up, it was undisputed for all participants that European education is necessary and must be strengthened at all stages of their lives. It is important to develop an understanding of and for Europe. It should be made clear that Europe and the European Union not only mean the institutions in Brussels, but are much more than that: common European values, a European identity, everyday coexistence across borders and cultural diversity. European education begins with linguistic, cultural and cross-border local cooperation. It is therefore important to make use of pan-European and cross-border projects and to enable them to continue to exist in order to move from project funding to institutional support. A continuation of the projects along the CV of European citizens, which also includes adults, seniors and people with fewer opportunities, must be possible and supported. It is important to involve all citizens from childhood and make Europe tangible.
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