Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen presented to the Ministers of Education of other EU countries the plan for the Finnish EU Presidency to organize a joint meeting of ministers for education and finance. In addition, the Minister presented to his colleagues the Finnish approach to continuous learning and the use of artificial intelligence in education. The Council of Ministers also adopted recommendations on language learning and teaching and on the quality of early childhood education systems, as well as conclusions on improving skills.
The Minister of Education Grahn-Laasonen presented the objectives of the EU Conference of Presidents to be held in Finland at the beginning of July. He specifically raised the plan for a joint Council meeting for the ministers of education and finance.
- The first ever joint meeting of ministers of education and finance under the Finnish Presidency offers a unique opportunity to engage in a broad debate on the importance of investing in human capital, Minister Grahn-Laasonen said.
Among other priorities of the Presidency, Minister Grahn-Laasonen emphasized the importance of continuous learning. The minister said that the topic had recently been heavily featured in Finland and hoped that it would be further emphasized in European cooperation in education.
- Supporting continuous learning requires systematic and strategic development of education systems and a strong commitment from both the public and private sectors, Minister Grahn-Laasonen said.
- For example, the rapid development of artificial intelligence and digitalisation requires continuous updating of skills and competences, thus demonstrating the need to develop strategies for continuous learning, the Minister said.
As far as artificial intelligence is concerned, the Minister noted that its use in education could improve access to education and create individual pathways for learning and employment. At the same time, the Minister stressed the need to create ethical rules for the use of artificial intelligence in education.
The Recommendation on Language Learning and Teaching adopted by the Council of Ministers calls on Member States to explore ways of helping young people acquire at least one, preferably two other languages than fluent, at least one level of pre-secondary education. In Finland, the efforts to achieve the objectives of the recommendation are supported by actions taken within the framework of the language teaching project to advance and diversify language teaching .
The Recommendation on high-quality early childhood education systems provides a quality framework for early childhood education, in which Member States are recommended to develop their early childhood education systems. In the conclusions on improving skills, Member States are invited to continue to implement the Recommendation by adopting a strategic and holistic approach to improving basic skills and recognition of skills such as numeracy and numeracy.
For more information:
- Minister for teaching assistant Emmi Russian, firstname.lastname@example.org p. 02953 30026
- Council Polvinen Minna, email@example.com , p 02953 30262.
- Specialist Satu Tuomi Korpi, firstname.lastname@example.org , p 02953. 30036
Source: Bulletin of the Ministry of Education and Culture 22.5.2019 18:36