More than 20 million of the world’s refugees are children and young people. They were the focus of the 56th “Three Kings” carol-singing event, which included visits by the Sternsinger carol singers to the European Parliament and COMECE.
Education and training play a significant role not only in coping with the crisis in Europe but also in the personal development of the individual. That was the conclusion of the conference on the situation of young people in Europe.
The Youth Conference on 4 September is being organised by the COMECE secretariat, Don Bosco International, Rete Juventutis and the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, and is hosted by MEPs Patrizia Toia (S&D) and Thomas Mann (EPP).
The European Union today may seem unsure of itself, its political leaders vacillating, its intellectuals confused in regard to the way ahead and vague about Europe’s identity. For the Austrian author, Stefan Zweig, Europe was his Heimat, his home, and even though not a believer in any classical sense, he was convinced Europe had a soul.
2013 is the “European Year of Citizens”. This year was nominated to raise public awareness about the rights and obligations of Union citizenship. But how can and should EU citizens understand and maintain their rights and obligations?
At least since the time when the concept of “life-long learning” has served to define European education policy, skills and abilities that can be acquired outside the formal education systems have assumed increasing importance.