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Lifelong Learning Platform – Press Release

January 2016

As part of the commemoration of the January 2015 attacks in Paris against freedom of speech and thus, against the core of European fundamental values, the LLLPlatform releases its first Position Paper for 2016. To face the challenges ahead, the paper explores how education may be the mean to establish a holistic and sustainable society, using long-term and wholesome solutions. The Platform suggests that by promoting active educational settings, these will carry within them the inclusiveness we need to create the wide collaborative communities enable to protect our democratic societies. 

Only an equitable society of engaged citizens can be resilient to the very worrying phenomena that threaten our societies. Anti-immigrant rhetoric, border fences and hesitation to aid people fleeing war-torn zones, are examples that demonstrate serious challenges in managing diversity and limits to how solidary and inclusive our societies are. The barbarous attacks in European cities only gave a further push to the rise of racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and other forms of fear and hate across the continent, visible in the rise of radical right parties across Europe.

Facilitating active citizenship and civic engagement, is not only a regulatory and a legal task – it is equally an educational task. The transformative power of education has a major role to play in building inclusive learning societies and in fostering civic participation, as it is a preferred vehicle for creating awareness, knowledge and understanding of (European) fundamental values. Our education systems need to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

The position paper calls for coherent educational policies and actions at three levels, for education to be an important part of a holistic, sustainable and long-term solution for the contagion of hate in Europe.

Read and download the Position Paper here.

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) website: http://www.eucis-lll.eu/

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