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EPA Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for organised parents in the future of Europe – Brussels – 6 December 2013

epa_logoDate: 6 December 2013

Place: France Room of Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, B-1040 Brussels

Time: 12:00 – 18:00

The whole of Europe and the European Parents Association (EPA) itself are facing major challenges these days. The decision makers of the EU are in the final stages of creating a budget to carry out the EU2020 strategy. Understanding the importance of education, it became one of the five major areas of EU2020. The two main targets in education are reducing early school leaving rates to below 10% and increasing the ratio of young people finishing tertiary education to 40%. Another major strategy area is to reach a dramatic decrease in the number of people living in poverty or social exclusion. The role of parents and the importance of involving all parents in education cannot be questioned in reaching these goals.

It has been a challenge for parental associations all over Europe to involve more parents in their day-to-day activities, especially those less advantaged to offer them peer learning activities for a greater success of their children in life.

In the past years EPA became a well-established partner in policy discussions on EU-level. A strong relationship has been built with EU-institutions as well as other European NGOs.

The United Nations are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and on this occasion they have published a declaration asking UN member states to recognise and support families. As a follow-up to the European Year of Citizens, in line with the anniversary, there is a proposal for the EU to declare 2014 the European Year of Family and Work Reconciliation. Regardless the success of this initiative 2014 should be a year when the whole of Europe focuses on families and parents in one way or another.

The beginning of the new policy period of the EU, the upcoming European Parliamentary elections and the emphasis on families next year provides EPA a perfect opportunity to meet European partners as well as to talk about the main internal challenges ahead.

The conference is held in English. No simultaneous translation will be organised.

Programme

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Opening and welcome words: Mrs. Edit Herczog MEP PES, Dr. Renate Heinisch, EESC

13:45 – Key note presentation. Parenting Support in Europe: Daniel Molinuevo, Eurofund

Round table 1 – European Platforms and Initiatives for EU2020

  • Audrey Frith, EUCIS-LLL – the European Life-Long Learning Platform
  • Stijn Hoorens, EPIC, the European Platform for Investing in Children
  • Ana Gorey, MEET – ECI on a High Quality European Education for All
  • Kathy Kikis-Papadakis, European Policy Network on School Leadership
  • Sarah Cooke O’Dowd, SIRIUS Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background
  • Daniel Kropf, Learning for Well-Being

15:20 – Coffee break

15:50 – Round table 2 – European NGO’s for EU2020

  • Agnes Uhereczky, COFACE
  • Andrea Witt, Eurochild
  • Blandine Smilansky, Euroclio
  • Ida Kreutzman, OBESSU
  • Marie-france Mailhos, AEDE
  • Chris Harrison, ESHA

Via European Parents Association 

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