ET Newsletter November 2019. The Second European Education Summit.
Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, hosted the second European Education Summit in Brussels on 26 September. Focused on the theme of ‘Teachers first: excellence and prestige for the European Education Area’, the Summit brought together over 750 participants to discuss the main challenges as relates to ‘teachers and teaching’. This included stakeholders involved in education at regional, national and European level. The Summit’s programme included around 20 different sessions, covering a wide range of topics such as teaching in rural areas, the need for culture in the classroom, and the importance of regional and minority languages in Europe. The Summit reinforced the notion that although teachers are, and will remain, the main drivers of education, solutions need to be found to existing challenges, such as the changing nature of the teaching profession, difficulties in recruiting teaching staff and the need for continued professional development. This second European Education Summit followed on from the first edition, which took place in January 2018 and was dedicated to ‘Laying the foundations for a European Education Area’. The European Education Summits aim to give visibility to the central role of education, and to give stakeholders the opportunity to discuss how to reform and modernise education systems.