Welcome to the LLLWeek!
Today we launch the Lifelong Learning Week 2015, an annual event that gives major educational actors, stakeholders and European institutions, the opportunity to meet, share, and discuss the future of learning in Europe.
During this last year, milestone in the Lifelong Learning Platform's life since we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, our work has focused on the social and transversal dimension of education, skills and competences, but also digital learning, with the constant concern of ensuring quality education. And our call for a holistic vision of education has rarely been so accurate.
This 5th edition starts only days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, but let's not forget Bamako, Tunis, or Kabul; let's not either forget the victims of previous attacks, in Lebanon, Morrocco, in Europe and the world.
As educators and civil society representatives, we stand in awe before these happenings. Not because we doubt our vision or the kind of education we promote, but because we believe common projects, educational policies, both taking into account the many actors at multiple levels, can help us answer the challenges of the future.
Europe finds itself in front of a very big threat, and must make real choices. The Paris Declaration is one step, and we supported it. We are also supportive of the Commission's plan to implement new programs with new priorities. But we need the Commission's commitment, as well as the Member States', to grow deeper into building integrated positions.
As platform gathering 39 networks, we are going to pursue our daily efforts; we are going to continue advocating for a holistic vision of education; and we are going to repeat, again and again and in our loudest voice, that education and social justice are the weapons with which we will win the war for an inclusive, united, prepared and open society.
Reality has never shown us with such clarity how an education for democracy and peace is the key to beat the nationalisms and fundamentalisms that threaten our freedom.
So, as democrats, we declare the LLLWeek2015 open!
David Lopez, LLLPlatform President
Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, LLLPlatform Secretary General