The ETF has been supporting countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey, the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia for over two decades to develop their national data collection on education and skills development, both quantitative and qualitative.
Teachers and the teaching methods and resources they can deploy are critical in ensuring the success of any learning system by ensuring that students benefit from their experience and achieve the required learning outcomes for engagement in the work place and society. The role of teachers is continuously evolving as a result of the changing demands and expectations placed on them by the world we live in from the local to the global levels as we are witnessing with the digital and green transitions, and with the health pandemic, for instance.
Focussing on young people in the Western Balkans
2022 has been designated the European Year of Youth, and one of its key objectives is to highlight the importance of young people in society particularly for shaping a greener, more inclusive and digital society. For young people to take the lead they need the right education and skills, and opportunities to do so.
Young people are a high political priority also within the EU’s external relations in which the ETF operates. The EU’s policies and actions support the 2030 Agenda and many of the Sustainable Development Goals in which the development and engagement of youth is a key focus.
Young people offer energy, initiative, capability, and so much more, but they are facing extraordinary social, economic, and environmental changes that can leave them marginalised. The Covid-19 period was difficult for everyone but especially on a young people at such a critical phase of their development they were compelled to undergo social distancing. Investing in people, and giving them the competences and skills to engage socially, democratically and economically are essential for societies to evolve and prosper. Young people need to be heard but they also need to be enabled to speak up and claim their rights, especially those who are suffering from marginalisation and disadvantage.
This edition of Learning Connects brings to you the latest updates on ETF's activities, expertise building, good practice sharing, and policy advice on education, training and skills development for the green transition in the EU's neighbouring regions.
The European Vocational Skills Week annual event takes place in May and the focus in 2022 is on VET and the Green Transition. The ETF's Green Skills Award forms part of the EU's VET excellence awards delivered during the event.
Learning Connects keeps you updated on a monthly basis about the latest ETF activities supporting the reform of education, training and employment systems in the EU’s neighbouring regions.
Pillars of our work covered include the provision of policy advice, support for stakeholder engagement within the policy eco-system, targeted country interventions and the development of specialist networks for building expertise and good practice.
The ETF’s new digital newsletter replaces our previously printed Live and Learn magazine.