The Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion & Em­ploy­ment kicks off first Pres­i­dency event with the High Level Group on Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing

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The High Level Group on Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (28th and 29th Novem­ber) is the first event of the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment mark­ing the start of the in­com­ing Mal­tese Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union in the first six months of 2017.

The meet­ing will be chaired by Joseph Caru­ana, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment with Deputy Chair, Dr Jean Mi­callef Gri­maud, from the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Malta to the EU.

Sev­eral high rank­ing of­fi­cials from the 28 EU Mem­ber States have gath­ered to­gether to dis­cuss and share their views on the fu­ture pri­or­i­ties of Euro­pean co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing. The High Level Group meet­ing will mainly fo­cus on Malta’s pri­or­i­ties for the Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union. It will also in­clude in­put by the Com­mis­sion on its work pro­gramme in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing for 2017.

‘In­clu­sion in Di­ver­sity’ is the pre­dom­i­nant theme which the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union will fo­cus on in the field of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing. Dur­ing this meet­ing, Malta shall high­light the im­por­tance of achiev­ing a high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all through the eq­ui­table pro­vi­sion of learn­ing pro­grammes, with par­ity of es­teem be­tween aca­demic, vo­ca­tional and ap­plied ed­u­ca­tion.

This ties up neatly with the re­form “My Jour­ney” an­nounced

by the min­istry last week, whereby the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will move from a “one size fits all” to one cus­tomised to the learn­ing style of the in­di­vid­ual learner. The min­istry is com­mit­ted to en­sure par­ity of es­teem of the three ed­u­ca­tional routes of this re­form and pre­par­ing each in­di­vid­ual for em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

Malta aims to work to­wards Coun­cil Con­clu­sions on its theme, in or­der to pro­mote in­clu­sion in di­ver­sity in for­mal, in­for­mal and non-for­mal ed­u­ca­tion through the pro­vi­sion of eq­ui­table and di­verse learn­ing routes. Malta also in­tends to main­tain its com­mit­ment to con­tinue to work on the trio pro­gramme in terms of mod­ernising ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems and fa­cil­i­tat­ing tran­si­tions be­tween ed­u­ca­tional lev­els and be­tween ed­u­ca­tion and the world of work.

The HLG meet­ing will also dis­cuss the New Skills Agenda for Europe , which was adopted by the Com­mis­sion on 10 June. Dur­ing its Pres­i­dency, Malta will con­tinue the work that has been car­ried out dur­ing the Slo­vak Pres­i­dency.

The New Skills Agenda for Europe is an im­por­tant mile­stone in fur­ther fa­cil­i­tat­ing the mo­bil­ity of work­ers and stu­dents in Europe. Al­though each EU Mem­ber State is re­spon­si­ble for its own ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing sys­tems, the HLG meet­ing pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts from all the Mem­ber States to ex­change and share their views on this topic.

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