The Future of Education and Training in Europe and Malta

The vital role of education and training in shaping the future of Europe, especially when it comes to supporting the green and digital transitions, calls for ongoing updating and targets, especially at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has brought different challenges and opportunities for education and training systems and triggered a shift to distance and blended teaching and learning.

In this context, in June and July, Servizzi Ewropej f’Malta and the Ministry for Education are holding a series of five online discussions with interested stakeholders on the new Strategic Framework for Education and Training 2030. The framework has been established by Council Resolution on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training towards the European Education Area and beyond (2021-2030) of February 2021.

The Strategic Framework (ET2030) is the successor of the ET2020 framework towards the European Education Area and beyond and is closely aligned with the goals for creating a European Education Area by 2025.

The sessions’ topics follow the pillars of the ET2030 which address aspects such as quality, inclusion, equity, lifelong learning, mobility, competences and motivation of the education profession and, higher education.

The sessions are intended to provide information on priorities in education and training at European Union level, consult about the implications for Malta and, identify key priority areas for future involvement. The outcome of the sessions will feed into the national strategy and actions in the field of education and training.

The first session was addressed by the Minister for Education, Dr Justyne Caruana and the Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Carmelo Abela, followed by a panel discussion on Improving Quality, Equity, Inclusion and Success for All.

Minister Carmelo Abela, responsible for SEM, emphasised that education and training are crucial for citizen development, and therefore they are to have the opportunity to not only discuss but also to shape the future of education. He explained that SEM’s role is crucial as an agency that involves citizens, organisations and other stakeholders in local and European-level decision making in sectors such as education. Minister Abela encouraged that the conclusions from these seminars are placed together with the proposals for the Conference on the Future of Europe, from which the Europe of tomorrow is being shaped. He concluded saying that skills gaps present today need to be defined and closed, while ensuring the maximisation of the knowledge potential of our population which in turn pushes forward our inherent output potential.

Minister Justyne Caruana said that the Government’s vision is to ensure education excellence. The Ministry for Education is working towards an equitable and modernised education system able to maximise the opportunities afforded by the digital economy and the green transition. Minister Caruana said that she is confident of the work done towards a high-quality education for the students.

The panel members were: Josanne Ghirxi – Director, National School Support Services, Ministry for Education; Dermot Galea – Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Educational Services; David Muscat – Chief Executive Officer, National Literacy Agency; Jacqueline VanHear – Director, Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education, Ministry for Education.

For more information on ET2030, the online sessions and targets please click here.

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