Learning and Training
Access to education and training is far from being equal. In Europe, children’s academic success still depends to a large extent on their parents’ social background. Inequalities in access to education differ from one country to another, depending on accessibility and the quality of what is on offer.
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One of the factors that has been identified as a source of inequality in education is precisely the co‑existence of a private system, in which parents pay for quality, and the state‑run system of uneven quality, with the best schools being concentrated in the more expensive neighbourhoods and therefore less accessible to children from low‑income families.

Access to higher education is strongly influenced by social background. Many factors contribute to mobility or stability in access to higher education. The first is financial, as high enrolment fees may be an obstacle to going to university; but it is not the only one. Also taken into account are the results obtained at primary and secondary level, the ability to afford additional tutoring to have a greater chance of being accepted by high‑quality universities, and the choices made by students and their parents (dictated by the level of perception of the risk involved, the extent of familiarity with the education system and the labour market, and by how committed parents are to helping their children become economically independent, and so on).

Also the level of education still highly determine access to work: despite the economic crisis, those who have completed higher education do find it easier to get a job and on average earn higher salaries. A high level of education can facilitate access to the labour market and a good salary: despite the economic crisis, those who have completed higher education do find it easier to get a job and on average earn higher salaries. Almost everywhere in Europe there are significant differences in employment rates according to educational level.

Intitiatives comming from civil society and local policies are trying to facilitate access to learning and training. Some examples are listed here below.

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Peer-2-peer learning

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Open courses

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Learning to be citizens

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Facilitating access for excluded groups

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All Examples of Actions and Policies

Peace Classes

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-04-22 08:44 -
Peace classes

The Peace Classes are an active methodology developed in different schools within multicultural cities in Belgium to help kids, parents and teachers to better understand one another, build empathy, acquire and develop collaborative behaviours through value sharing, emotions and personal development.

Coroutine Lille

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-04-19 13:18 -

The Coroutine is a hybrid space made by and for citizens providing an environment to work (co-working), exchange ideas, info, goods and services around the local life (“Veilleuse”+citizenlab) create, innovate and design new objects and concepts with different available tools (fablab+incubator).

Start a Repair Café

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-19 12:57 -


Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they're all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera.You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café.

Repair Café Brussels

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-03-14 18:02 -

Repairing all together and learning from others in a cocoon atmosphere. Once a month in Brussels, people can give a new life to broken items and learn how to repair them with enthusiastic skilled volunteers. Tools and Equipment are available for reparation as well as cakes and coffee.

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