Young Academic can today bring you news of a European project on educational policy at a national and international level initiated by young people in Sweden. Read on to find out more about this exciting project from the Geothe Institut.

What do the stakeholders – the students – expect from a school education? Does every pupil within the European Union have the opportunity to have a good education? Do schools always meet their educational objectives? What are the differences between state and private schools? What are the benefits of exams? Young Europeans will grapple with these and similar questions as part of the project Dialogue: Education and the Future on the 12th and 13th of June 2013 in Munich, Germany.

“I’m taking part because I’d like to improve our school system and put forward my own ideas. I’m looking forward to getting to know the other participants,” says Hanna Sommer from the Korbinian-Aigner-Gymnasium in Erding.

The project gives young people from the UK, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden a platform for exchange. Together they will critique national and international school systems from their own perspectives, stimulate improvements and prepare a petition for the Education Ministers in the participating countries to tell them how they believe education in schools could be improved.

The topic of education is a matter for national policy, but the opinions of pupils often remain overlooked. Here they will have the opportunity to voice the strengths and weaknesses, if not the deficiencies, of their national education system, which will be immensely important for the discussion of the future role of education.

The idea for the project came from a group of young people from Sweden who wanted to actively represent their educational interests. The Goethe-Institut Sweden took up the idea and expanded on it with young people from the UK. More schools and universities in Germany, Finland and the Netherlands then joined the project.

The project Dialogue: Education and the Future promotes multilingualism as well as the development of European citizenship. The young people involved with the project will learn to take responsibility for civil society. Through this project they will also be given a platform for civic engagement by critically and independently exploring the advantages and disadvantages of their national education systems, and jointly developing proposals for change in their free time outside of school and university curricula.

From the 12th – 14th June the young people involved will meet for a workshop in Munich to work on the joint petition. The petition will then be sent to Education Ministers, including the British Education Minister Michael Gove. The group from the UK will be made up of pupils from Tomlinscote School and students from Newcastle University.

To check availability, please contact The Goethe Institut.

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