News Archive

 

12.5.2009

The Council of the EU adopted a new strategic framework for co-operation between EU Member States to reform their education and training systems until 2020 at the 2941th EDUCATION, YOUTH AND CULTURE Council meeting, Brussels, 12 May 2009. It is professionally important for psychologists working in the educational system to be informed about EU strategies responding on long term challenges in our society.
The EU framework 'ET 2020' addresses four strategic objectives:


    Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality;
    Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training
    Enhancing creativity and innovation at all levels of education and training
    Promoting equality, social cohesion and active citizenship


More info...

20.2.2009

Call for Papers

The editorial staff of the German journal “Migration and Social Work” herewith asks for articles for issue 2/2009 which will focus on “family support for migrants in European countries”.


Few details are known about family support for migrants in different European countries. The range of articles is supposed to cover national concepts as well as best-practice examples. This needs to be based on a broad understanding of family support. Due to the fact that in the German debate much attention is paid to language promotion and integration in early childhood, consequently, this key issue should be highlighted.Comparative studies to better understand the differences between the concepts as well as country-specific articles are welcome. The aspect of irregular migration can be addressed as well. In addition, there is interest in short contributions that introduce relevant projects and initiatives in Germany and abroad.


Manuscripts in German or English must be submitted as a Word document by March 15, max 3000 words. Articles accepted for publication cannot be guaranteed to be published in issue 2/2009. Contributed articles are not paid. Contact : Institute for Social Work and Social Education (Institut für Sozialarbeit und Sozialpädagogik e.V.) Dr. Ingrid Wilkens, email ingrid.wilkens@iss-ffm.de More details can be found at the Institute for Social Work and Social Education`s website.

2. February 2009

Commissioner Hammarberg calls for a more child-friendly solution to juvenile justice. Read more...

23.January 2009

The Council of Europe calls for applications, which could be interesting for psychologists in the educational system:

Training Trainers for Human Rights Education with young people

More info... (PDF file)

Brussels, January 2009

BRAND NEW RESULTS of the survey on 'Parent's views on mental health of their child'. Please click here to download the analytical report of the Flash Eurobarometer (PDF file).

Brussels, 14.1.2009

EU partner search: Psychologists in the educational system/School
Psychologists interested in participating in EU funded projects may
find interesting partners on our Latest News Page.

Brussels, 6.1.2009

Two Info Days on the new calls for proposal 2009 of the EU Lifelong Learning (LLL) Programmes will take place on the 16th of January 2009 in Brussels and on the 22nd of January in Warsaw. More info and an interesting project partner search list can be visited in our latest news. CONFERENCES

 


IN 2008

Kopenhagen, 18.12.2008

Young Voices: Meeting Diversity in Education presents the results of the European Hearing of Young People with Special Educational Needs organised by the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, in co-operation with the Portuguese Ministry of Education. To know more about the interesting work of the Agency, please click here.

Brussels, 16.12.2008

European Psychologists in Education are requested to contribute to the EU Mental Health Strategy in Youth and Education!
Dear colleagues,
End of January 2009 a conference of the European Commission will take place in Brussels on mental health in youth and education. We, the European Psychologists in the Educational System, are invited to report about our work in this field. There will be the opportunity to present brochures, flyers, posters etc. on daily work or special activities or projects of e.g. school psychologists in promoting mental health, social inclusion, preventing depression, suicide and discrimination. If you like to be informed about the background of the EU strategy, please download the EU consensus paper on mental health in youth and education at http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/mental/docs/consensus_youth_en.pdf

N.E.P.E.S. will establish a list of your activities in the different European Member States, which will only be possible, if you send us information about your work.
N.E.P.E.S. is considered by the European Commission as a top expert in the field. Let us benefit from this rare opportunity to have a voice in European Policies and to contribute to the improvement of learning environments for our youth. Even, if you think that your work in the field of mental health promotion is not special, but a daily routine, please send us your information. We need the experience of every single colleague to document the important work of our profession. Please send us your contribution to info@nepes.eu

Brussels, 9.12.2008

EU adopts Safer Internet Programme 2009-2013: 55Million € to make the Internet a safer place for children

In the co-funded projects of this programme also psychologists are mentioned as important experts in the field. Read more...

 

News for Young People:

QUIZ IT UP : INSAFE LAUNCHES SAFER INTERNET DAY 2009 QUIZ
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On 2 December 2008, the Insafe network launched its first global activity for Safer Internet Day 2009, 10 February 2009, namely a quiz available in 22 languages!

The Insafe quiz http://insafequiz.eun.org addresses young people between 10 and 15 years of age, and requires them to answer a series of multiple choice questions on the media, internet safety, culture, history and geography followed by a final challenge. The variety of questions asked reflects the internet’s value as a tool for learning and finding information!

The aim of the quiz is to reach out to young internet users and build momentum for the approaching Safer Internet Day (SID). This event will be celebrated in more than 50 countries worldwide on 10 February 2009. The European winners of the quiz will be invited to attend the SID celebrations in Luxembourg.

The 2009 quiz is available in Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, English, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish.
Winners will be announced on 16 January 2009.

12.12.2008

Public Consultation on health workforce


The European Commission (EC) launches a public consultation on the future of Europe’s workforce for health. N.E.P.E.S. encourages colleagues to send us their comments at info@nepes.eu on the Green Paper in order to clarify our position as part of the health workforce. Read more…

Report on Perinatal Health

The EURO-PERISTAT project’s goal has been to develop since 1999 valid and reliable indicators that can be used for monitoring and evaluating perinatal health in the EU. It is coordinated from Paris through a collaboration between Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and the Institut de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM). The European Perinatal Health Report contains data on indicators for the year 2004 from 25 participating EU member states and Norway. It also contains data from three other European projects: Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe, European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies, and the European Information System to Monitor Short and Long-Term Morbidity to Improve Quality of Care and Patient Safety for Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants. Instead of comparing countries on single indicators, the report presents data about mortality, low birth weight and preterm birth alongside data about health care and other factors that can affect the outcome of pregnancy. It also illustrates differences in the ways that data are collected, and explains how these can affect comparisons between countries. You can download the report here.

Report on Social Cohesion for Mental Well-being among Adolescents


The purpose of this WHO report is to share Member States’ concrete experiences in addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for increased focus and action for safeguarding the mental health and wellbeing of young people. You can download the report here.

Health Activities at EU level

EU Health Policy areas

Europe for Patients


Who is active in relation to EU Health Programmes? The following NGO’s are interesting partners for psychologists:

The EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM is a platform made up of 99 National Youth Councils and international youth NGOs from across Europe and works to empower young people to participate actively in society and improve their living conditions by representing their interests towards the European Institutions, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and other partners active in the youth field.

The EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ FORUM represents over 150 million patients - citizens and voters across the EU.

The INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION is an intergovernmental organization established in 1951, committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.


The EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION is composed of NGO’s working on all aspects of public health. EPHA’s mission is to promote and protect the health of all people living in Europe and to advocate for greater participation of citizens in health-related policy making at the European level.

The EUROHEALTHNET is a network of health promotion and public health agencies in Europe. The aim is to improve health of European citizens by striving for a healthier Europe between and within countries and by coordinating the work of 31 national and regional agencies in Europe thereby constituting a valuable platform for information, advice, policy and advocacy on health issues at EU.

2.12.2008

Psychologists interested in intercultural aspects of our workfield might find valuable information here:

The Platform for Intercultural Europe was initiated in 2006 by EFAH (European Forum for Arts and Heritage) and ECF (European Cultural Foundation), and comprises over 200 civil society organisations and their individual members engaged in intercultural action throughout Europe - at local, national and international level.
The Platform voices the need for a fresh, concentrated intercultural effort in Europe. It contributes to three levels of change: societal (democratic inclusion and greater equality in all sectors), organisational (within organisations and constituencies) and policy. The core principle of the platform is cross-sectoral – it seeks to learn and share across wide areas of expertise. It aims to help overcome sectoral divisions by including all sectors in the Interculturalism debate, from education to social and youth policies, from public spheres and governance to human rights policies and arts and culture.
The work of the Platform relates closely to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, which focuses on our appreciation of diversity and explores how to support efforts to help Europe’s citizens to cope with and benefit from diversity. The Platform is looking more at issues linked to migration and movement but our intentions are the same – to improve how Europe embraces its multicultural diversity and richness for the benefit of everyone.
The Steering Group is responsible for leading the Platform’s vision and creating a practical work plan for the coming years, enabling grassroots as well as European initiatives to increase the effects of intercultural work throughout the continent.

The goal of NILE (Network of Intercultural Learning in Europe) to create an intercultural learning network in Europe, falls within this coherent strategy for lifelong learning envisaged by the Commission. Building on existing partnerships established through past collaboration, strengthened by work on a common project, allows a deeper exploration and a better understanding of the diversity of the concept of "intercultural learning". By investigating the different facets of intercultural adult education, training and learning in different European countries, the network is of great value in creating a new understanding of the importance of "intercultural learning" within the larger project of lifelong learning.


The European Peer Training Organisation (EPTO) educates youth leaders to discuss issues related to prejudice and discrimination, to lead workshops that challenge stereotypes, and to become activists against exclusion within their youth organisations and schools.
EPTO network’s Multi-Measures project called "PEER I AM" was accepted by the European Commission's ‘Youth In Action Program’.
EPTO plans to address minority rights via peer training throughout the various phases of this project. The Multi-Measure Project will begin with a seminar offering theoretical and practical input, giving EPTO peer trainers the opportunity to become professional trainers.
Three training courses will open up the possibility training for 60 new European peer trainers. These peer trainers/participants will come from specific minorities, namely religious, sexual and ethnic/racial. EPTO will create and/or adapt special educational material for the development of the three trainings under the titles Religious Diversity, Gender-based Discrimination and Homophobia, and Racism.
The final seminar will act as a platform where everyone can meet to share, learn, perform and undergo evaluation as trainers. EPTO plans to spread the word and give visibility to the outcomes of the project for the benefit of all youth NGOs sector in Europe.

Geneva, 28.11.2008

International Conference on Education (ICE/UNESCO)

During the meeting at the forty-eighth session of the UNESCO International Conference on Education (Geneva, 25-28 November 2008), the Ministers of Education, heads of delegation and delegates from 153 Member States, representatives of 20 intergovernmental organizations, 25 NGOs, foundations and other institutions of civil society, have unanimously adopted recommendations on the theme of “Inclusive Education: The Way of the Future.”

The most important recommendations for psychologists in the educational system are the following

7. Developing policies that provide educational support for different categories of learners in order to facilitate their development in regular schools.

17. Training teachers by equipping them with the appropriate skills and materials to teach diverse student populations and meet the diverse learning needs of different categories of learners through methods such as professional development at the school level, pre-service training about inclusion, and instruction attentive to the development and strengths of the individual learner.

18. Supporting the strategic role of tertiary education in the pre-service and professional training of teachers on inclusive education practices through, inter alia, the provision of adequate resources.

19. Encouraging innovative research in teaching and learning processes related to inclusive education.

20. Equipping school administrators with the skills to respond effectively to the diverse needs of all learners and promote inclusive education in their schools.

21. Taking into consideration the protection of learners, teachers and schools in times of conflict.

Brussels,24.11.2008

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDA's presents its annual overview report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe The report is a reference book for policymakers, specialists and practitioners in the drugs field or indeed anyone seeking the latest findings on drugs in Europe.

Brusssels, 18.11.2008

Today the Agriculture Council agreed on its proposal for a European Union-wide scheme to provide fruit and vegetables to school children. European funds worth €90 million every year will pay for the purchase and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables to schools. This money will be matched by national and private funds in those Member States which chose to make use of the programme. The School Fruit Scheme aims to encourage good eating habits in young people, which studies show tend to be carried on into later life. Besides providing fruit and vegetables to a target group of schoolchildren, the scheme will require participating Member States to set up strategies including educational and awareness-raising initiatives and the sharing of best practice. An estimated 22 million children in the EU are overweight. More than 5 million these are obese and this figure is expected to rise by 400,000 every year. Improved nutrition can play an important part in combating this problem. The scheme will begin at the start of the 2009/2010 school year.

Press release available in bgcsdadeetelenesfritlvlthumtnlplptroskslfisv

Commission proposal Impact Assessment: Text [pdf] - Summary [pdf] - Annexes [pdf]


An EU Conference "School Fruit: a healthy start for our children - Promoting School Fruit Schemes in the European Union" will be held on 15–16 December 2008, Brussels with school psychologists participating.

Brussels, 12.11.2008

N.E.P.E.S. participated in the conference “Europe New Horizons Congress: Tackling The Healthcare Challenges of Today For a Healthier Tomorrow”, held in Brussels on the 12th of November under the patronage of Commissioner Androula Vassiliou. Patient safety has been officially confirmed as being a high priority issue for the European Commission in 2008.

The European Commission has in fact declared that an official communication on patient safety, to be published by the 26th of November.

DG SANCO’s activities regarding patient safety can be consulted at the following e-address:
www.esqh.net/www/slovenia2008/files/P3_Katya_Neub_kranska_gora_june_2008...

Details on the conference can be found at the following link: http://www.healthfirsteurope.org/index.php?pid=168

Unfortunately the subject of Mental Health is discussed in the EU Commission separately from other strategies in health including patient safety. Thus psychologists and psychotherapists were not mentioned as part of the health care workforce! EU Recommendations on e-health for example do not include psychologists and psychotherapists. Mrs. Vassiliou referred questions concerning the European Directive of Recognition of Professional Qualifications in the framework of patients safety to DG Internal Market. For further reading...

The European Federation of Nurses Associations presented an interesting brochure on the educational curriculum for nurses relating to the European Qualification Frame of Lifelong Learning.

Brussels, 7.11.2008

New EU proposal for a directive on toys safety

Brussels, October 2008 EU CALLS FOR PROPOSALS VERY INTERESTING FOR EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS !! Read more in our section 'News Across Europe'

Brussels,24.11.2008

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDA's presents its annual overview report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe The report is a reference book for policymakers, specialists and practitioners in the drugs field or indeed anyone seeking the latest findings on drugs in Europe.

Brussels, 12.11.2008

N.E.P.E.S. participated in the conference “Europe New Horizons Congress: Tackling The Healthcare Challenges of Today For a Healthier Tomorrow”, held in Brussels on the 12th of November under the patronage of Commissioner Androula Vassiliou. Patient safety has been officially confirmed as being a high priority issue for the European Commission in 2008.

The European Commission has in fact declared that an official communication on patient safety, to be published by the 26th of November.

DG SANCO’s activities regarding patient safety can be consulted at the following e-address:
www.esqh.net/www/slovenia2008/files/P3_Katya_Neub_kranska_gora_june_2008...

Details on the conference can be found at the following link: http://www.healthfirsteurope.org/index.php?pid=168

Unfortunately the subject of Mental Health is discussed in the EU Commission separately from other strategies in health including patient safety. Thus psychologists and psychotherapists were not mentioned as part of the health care workforce! EU Recommendations on e-health for example do not include psychologists and psychotherapists. Mrs. Vassiliou referred questions concerning the European Directive of Recognition of Professional Qualifications in the framework of patients safety to DG Internal Market. For further reading...

The European Federation of Nurses Associations presented an interesting brochure on the educational curriculum for nurses relating to the European Qualification Frame of Lifelong Learning.

Italy, 31.10.2008

Unfortunately - or may be because of the situation described below- we have no psychologists of the Italian Educational System represented in our European Network. Are there still posts for school psychologists in the Italian educational system? Italy is joining France. Yesterday Italian streets were filled with students and professionals working in schools and universities to protest about educational policies in their country. The Gelmini decree -a school reform package -passed last Wednesday into law with € 9 billion of cuts and foreseen € 1.4 billion of cuts in university research in 2009. Read more about it in the Irish Press. Please read a comment on this development here...

The EU funded project ProMenPol is collecting examples of tools for mental health promotion in schools. If you are interested to participate, please read more...

SAFER INTERNET DAY 2009

On 10 February 2009 the European Commission and in particular, the Insafe network, will organize the 6th edition of the Safer Internet Day to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. This annual event offers also psychologists in the educational system an important opportunity to show their commitment and social responsibility towards protecting children and young people in a world which is increasingly led by technology. Whether you have previously participated in Safer Internet Day last year or wish to do so for the first time, please find here more info about this event The Insafe network appreciates if a representative of each N.E.P.E.S. national member organisation could participate in the Safer Internet Day. Please note that only organisations (NGOs, industry, researchers, public authorities) can be accepted as Safer Internet Day supporters 2009. N.E.P.E.S. is already a registered organisation for this event. If you are interested to participate in the Safer Internet Day as a representative for psychologists in the educational system in your country, please send us an email at info@nepes.eu and we will provide you with further contact information.

Brussels, 23.10.2008

New website for health promotion videos launched

DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission launches a website for health promotion videos produced in Europe. The aim is to share ideas and best practice and to show what has been done in public health campaigns on issues such as addiction prevention, communicable diseases, cancer or nutrition and physical activity.
From the website, you can order a copy of a video to use it for non-commercial information purposes, such as showing it in schools. One video is about mental health and also mentioning mental health care in schools.
The WHO report 2008 on

“Policies and practices for mental health in Europe-meeting the challenges”

has been published recently. The overall conclusion of gathered report data can be summarized in the following quote of the report “There is an absence of regulation of continuing education despite the differences in structure and roles. Continuing education seems to be open to any supplier willing to invest”. Though psychologists are rarely mentioned in WHO publications, this report states some data about psychologists in the field of European mental health care. More...
The World Health Report 2008, Primary Health Care – Now More Than Ever has also been launched October 2008. More...

Brussels, 20.10.2008

The EC has called in for projects in the framework of the Daphne III and The Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programmes:

DEADLINE 13 November 2008 Prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk - Call for Proposals JLS/DAP/2008-2 Operating Grants intended to co-finance the functioning of non-governmental organisations

DEADLINE 20.November 2008
20.10.2008 Please read first press release France 3, L'express, l'AFPEN AFPEN French Schoolpsychologists ready for national manifestation Paris, 19. October 2008 AFPEN (http://www.afpen.fr/), together with 46 other organisations as SNP, SGEN, has participated in a national manifestation against the suppression of posts in the public administration, for the defense and recognition of psychologists in National Education and also in order to help creating an optimal learning environment for youth.
Recent announcements of the French Government to short cut the annual budget for education will interrupt profoundly the priority
France has given to Education. Psychologists responsible for career counselling in the National Education System of France will be replaced by teachers. 13.500 posts will be suppressed in the education budget 2009, among those 3000 posts of special educational needs teachers, who are working inside RASED (Réseau d’aides spécialisées pour les élèves en difficultés). Schooling time has been reduced to 24 hours per week.

Accordingly a petition has been signed by 17 associations and has been sent to the Educational Ministry of France. The petition is accessible at http://www.sauvonslesrased.org/ .

The policy of financial short cuts in education is not coherent with the announcements of the French Presidency in the Council of the European Union. The French Presidency promised

“to focus on the subject of guidance, information and advice, in order to enable moves between courses of study and changes in vocational careers. These procedures will help to reduce the numbers of people leaving the school system with no qualifications and will promote success.”
“to develop especially the implementation of the European Youth Pact.” This pact describes the following guidelines as being the most relevant for young people:

• promotion of a life-cycle approach to work

• creation of inclusive labour markets for job-seekers and disadvantaged people;

• improvement in the matching of labour market needs;

• expansion of investment in human capital;
• adjustment of education and training systems in response to new skills requirements.

How can this promise be kept by reducing the quality of career counselling and special needs education in French schools? Programmatic words need coherent actions, otherwise it is an empty message. In the face of this contradiction, the national manifestation seemed to be a necessary alarm clock.

Brussels, 8.10.2008

!!The EU has called in for new project proposals, which are interesting for psychologists in the education system, especially have a look at the Lifelong Learning programmes, where you could introduce projects for teacher's training, schoolpsychologist's training and many more... If you need help with project proposals, please contact us.

Brussels, 3.10.2008

Report on childcare facilities for pre-school-age children says that parents face shortage of childcare services

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The report finds that most countries have missed the targets for childcare provision – for 90% of children between three and school age and 33% of children under three – that EU leaders set themselves at Barcelona in 2002. The 'Barcelona targets' are an integral part of the EU's strategy for growth and jobs and aim to help young parents – and in particular women – into work. The report forms part of a broader package of measures by the Commission to improve work-life balance for Europeans.

"Childcare is a vital ingredient in facing up to demographic ageing: without proper support services, parents are less likely to have children. The current provision remains inadequate. National governments need to address the challenge and the EU will support their efforts with half a billion euros of EU funding up until 2013 to help develop childcare facilities." said Vladimír Špidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.

There is a direct link between childcare provision and access for parents to paid employment. Across the EU, more than 6 million women aged 25-49 say they are forced into not working, or can only work part-time, because of their family responsibilities. For more than a quarter of them, lack of childcare facilities – or their cost – is the main problem. Access to good quality, affordable childcare operating at hours to suit parents and children is thus key to facilitating women's access to the labour market.

Allowing parents to work can also help avoid in-work poverty and reduce poverty in single-parent households, which suffer a much higher poverty rate (32%) than that for all households with a child (17%).

Finally, against the background of the current demographic slowdown in Europe, provision of adequate childcare is an incentive to plan a family. Those Member States with the highest birth rates are also those which have done most to facilitate work-life balance for parents and which have a high rate of female employment. Although there has been some progress, a lot still needs to be done to achieve satisfactory levels of childcare provision, particularly for children under three.

The Commission has no direct powers in the field of childcare. However, it will support progress towards the Barcelona targets and will in particular:

* encourage the full use of possibilities for co-funding, for example under the European Social Fund;

* continue to monitor progress towards the Barcelona objectives, providing support through good-quality comparable statistics, and making specific recommendations to certain Member States where necessary;

* promote the exchange of national experiences relating to childcare facilities, through its various programmes for the exchange of good practices and encourage research into working conditions in the pre-school childcare sector.

Brussels, 30. 9. 2008

Launch for the ''Europe for Patients'' Campaign by Androulla Vassiliou, Commissionar for Public Health, including the launch of the website ‘Europe for Patients’, which is available on the EU health portal in 22 languages

Brussels, 3.9.2008

 

Call for partners by Youth and Environment Europe - Training for Trainees on Teamwork and Communication- Eastern 2009
The training is available for all youth trainers to improve their skills in teamwork and communication. It will be partially lead by participants from the previous YEE training, but we are also looking for experienced trainers to lead some activities. It will take place during Easter 2009 (9.-13.4.) in the Czech Republic. It is available for 25 participants (youth leaders and trainers). The idea is to create a round of trainings dealing with specific topics every year: 1) Training for trainers – general skills, facilitating (2008); 2) Teamwork and communication (2009); 3) Conflict resolution and management (2010). Finishing with the last training course the sequence will start again. The aim is to train youth leaders, which might become trainers in the future. Repeating the training course every year ensures the continuity and gives the opportunity to the participants to use their skills gained in the previous training in the real situations. Moreover, the topics go deeper every following year so that they are useful also for more experienced participants.

Contact : Youth and Environment Europe
Katka Lejckova katka@yeenet.eu
Tel 00420 271 750 643

Brussels, 1.9.2008

2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation

In order to boost the capacity for creativity and innovation for both social and economic reason, the EU Commission has proposed to declare 2009 the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. It is a cross-cutting initiative covering several policy areas including research, education and training and social policy. The European Year aims to raise public awareness, spread information and promote public debate on creativity and the capacity for innovation. It should also stimulate research into how to develop creativity and innovative attitudes. An efficient use of knowledge and rapid innovation requires a broadening of the creative skills base involving the entire EU population. Education and training are determining factors enabling people to prepare for change as an opportunity and to be open to new ideas in a culturally diverse society.
The EU Commission does not propose a specific budget for 2009, arguing that it can be organised by using existing EU programmes and planned administrative expenditure. There will be a series of information and promotion campaigns, events and initiatives at European, national, regional and local level, making use of existing EU-level programmes, especially those that come under the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. Activities in 2009 should emphasize e.g. on education across a wide range of subjects including mathematics, science and information and other technologies. Highlighting creativity through such skills should foster problem-solving and the practical application of knowledge and ideas. All forms of innovation including social and entrepreneurial innovation should be taken into account.
For further information, e-mail EAC-eyci2009@ec.europa.eu


The information network on education in Europe, Eurydice, has recently published studies on school issues also relevant for psychologists in the education system

Levels of autonomy and responsibilities of teachers in Europe
This study examines the curricular autonomy of schools and teachers in primary and lower secondary education in 30 European countries. It thus supplements the study on the autonomy of schools in the management of human and financial resources. Among the issues addressed are the underlying causes and impact of the reforms that have occurred over the last 20 years, and the autonomy of teachers vis-à-vis the curriculum, teaching methods and pupil assessment. Contractual definitions of the working time of teachers and the tasks they are required to perform are examined, along with the organisation of continuous professional development and ways in which teachers are contributing to reforms and educational innovation. The study also considers methods of evaluating teachers.

Organisation of school time in Europe. Primary and general secondary education - 2008/09 school year
This publication indicates the dates at which the school year begins and the occurrence of holidays throughout it in 31 European countries. Regional variations are also indicated where applicable.

The organisation of the academic year in higher education - 2008/09
This publication shows how the academic year is structured (beginning of the year, term times, holidays and examination periods) for each of the 31 countries in the Network. Where times may vary depending on types of (university or non-university) study programme, this is also indicated.

Higher Education Governance in Europe. Policies, structures, funding and academic staff -Comparative Study
What are the major strategic priorities with regard to funding and academic staff in higher education? What are the internal and external structures which have been put in place for the governance of higher education institutions (HEIs)? What are the mechanisms for allocating public funding to HEIs and the systems for controlling its use? What is the degree of autonomy enjoyed by institutions in raising and using private funds? What are the incentives which exist to support HEIs in their search for private funding? What is the degree of autonomy enjoyed by institutions with respect to the recruitment and definition of tasks and salaries of their teaching staff? This study, which covers 30 European countries, provides answers to these questions. It covers mainly public and government-dependent private higher education institutions and provides some information on private independent HEIs.

Brussels, 7.7.2008

N.E.P.E.S. response on the Public Consultation “Schools for the 21st Century” of the DG Education of the EC has been published on the website of the European Commission today.

This is the today response of the European Commission on the N.E.P.E.S.contribution:

"Dear contributor,

The Commission adopted on Thursday 3rd of July a Communication on School Education: "Improving Competences for the 21st Century: An Agenda for European Cooperation on Schools". You will find the Communication in the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/news492_en.htm.

The public consultation on school education, to which you contributed, has been one of the sources on which the Commission has based itself in order to prepare this Communication. In the following link, http://ec.europa.eu/education/school21/results_en.html, you can find both a summary report of the consultation and the different individual contributions sorted out by country of origin.

Thank you for your cooperation and best regards,

The Schools Consultation Team"

20.6.2008
ATTENTION!

Please have a look at the funding calls of the European Commission concerning education and training. If you have project proposals and you cannot find European partners please contact us. We are there to facilitate cooperation among psychologists in the educational system.

General Info on Lifelong Learning Programs please click here



16.6.2008
N.E.P.E.S. has contributed to the public consultation on school education carried out by the European Commission between July and December 2007. The EC responds today:

"Thank you for your contribution to the public consultation on school education that was carried out between July and December 2007.

The contributions received to the public consultation have helped the Commission to prepare a Communication on school education, whose adoption is scheduled for early July 2008.

The Commission has also produced a separate analytical report of all the contributions received, which will be available from early July in the consultation's website: http://ec.europa.eu/education/school21/index_en.html

In addition to this, the Commission intends to publish all the individual contributions received in the same format and language that they were sent. We hope that this will contribute to enrich the European debate on educational issues, as the summary report cannot possibly fully reflect the diversity of the nearly 500 contributions received from the 27 Member States of the EU."

Please read more about the working paper of the EC on Schools for the 21st Century here.



13.6.2008

N.E.P.E.S. participates in the High Level Conference on Mental Health of the European Commission on 13th June 2008. Please read the important results here.

 



12.6.2008 Council of Europe launches pan-European campaign against corporal punishment of children


10.6.2008

A Study on food additives and children's behaviour by the School of Psychology at the University Southampton has caused European echoes. The plenary session of the European Parliament will vote in July 2008 on the requirement of warning lables for food additives. Please read more about nutrition on our specialist forum and add your comments....



10.6.2008

Financial Education is also promoted across the EU. On 18 December 2007, the Commission adopted a Communication on Financial Education. This Communication underlines the Commission's support for the provision of financial education delivered as close as possible to the citizens that need it, namely through Member State, national and regional authorities, non-governmental agencies and the financial services sector. It sets out the economic, societal and personal benefits of increased financial literacy and gives an overview of the provision of financial education in the EU. The Communication presents some basic principles to guide providers of financial education, based on existing best practices.


Soon the European Commission will launch a new one million Euro project to help young Europeans manage their finances. Background of this initiative is also the financial disaster generated by the US sub prime mortgage crisis. The new project is meant to extend the former Dolceta to primary and secondary education. It is directed at young people and educators and intends to help schools to incorporate financial matters into their classes. Dolceta (Development of online consumer education tools for adults) is an interactive website that provides info on consumer rights and financial services. The new project is also meant to complete the former ‘EuropaDiary’ as a tool for young EU consumers to learn about managing finances.



28.5.2008

The EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency of European Commission) calls for researchers and all interested stakeholders working on youth topics to carry out a study on the access of young people to culture.

The European Commission calls for proposals Raising awareness of Lifelong Learning Strategies



28.4.2008

The "Education for All - Global Monitoring Report" 2008 has been published by Unesco.



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23.4.2008

N.E.P.E.S. was invited by the European Schoolnet to discuss questions of media safety with concerned partners. The result of these activities were the launch of a new tool for schools by the E-technology Industry on the 23.4.2008 in Brussels. Have a look at the new website! Mrs. Redding, European Commissionar for Information Society, supported this project and explained EU strategies in this area of concern. Learn more about European Strategies in the field of internet safety for young people in the EC report and the EC Programme 2008. The European Commission has also called in project proposals in the area of information technologies, which you can consult here.