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01/05/2016

Illiteracy will cost global economy $1.2tn in 2015

Education


Paving the way for women in technology

To mark International Girls in ICT Day 2016, we are calling for greater efforts to close the gap between aspiration and achievement for young women around the world, writes Sylvie Laffarge.
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Development Policy 12-04-2016

How do we measure the successes of development cooperation?

SPECIAL REPORT / The actual impact of development cooperation is coming under increasing scrutiny. EurActiv Germany spoke to Sarah Holzapfel of the German Development Institute (DIE) about her latest report, "Boosting or hindering aid effectiveness? An assessment of systems for measuring donor agency results"..
Education 06-04-2016

Brilliant teachers bring Europe more and better scientists

Teachers in Europe are not sufficiently prepared for analysing students’ beliefs and attitudes towards subjects and careers in sciences, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), writes Marc Durando.
Global Europe 15-03-2016

Education is the key to development and stability

The EU needs to reach out to civil society in South Asia and make sure its efforts to support education in the region do not go astray, writes Ana Maria Gomez.
Global Europe 10-03-2016

Pakistan invests in nuclear weapons instead of its citizens

The EU should use its diplomatic strength to encourage Pakistan to halt its nuclear build-up, for the good of its own citizens and the peace and stability of the region, writes Barbara Matera.

Ministers risk missing the point on radicalisation

Citizenship education is vital in tackling radicalisation in Europe. Offering young people a stake in society is the best way to ensure they share our democratic values, writes Allan Päll.
Euro & Finance 25-02-2016

Maria João Rodrigues: We should invest in Europe and expand domestic demand

The European Parliament insists that fiscal consolidation and reforms are not enough and that the EU should have a strong priority in investment in Europe and expanding the internal domestic demand, Maria João Rodrigues told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 23-02-2016

Inequality harms economic growth for the poor

Recent economic thinking has discredited the idea that high inequality stimulates economic growth. Public investment in education is the key to both cutting inequality and achieving sustainable growth, argue Roy Van der Weide, Branko Milanovic and Mario Negre.
Central Europe 04-02-2016

Hungarians protest tight government control of education

Thousands of Hungarians protested on Wednesday (3 February) against reforms of the education system by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's centre-right government that they consider oppressive and heavy-handed.
Global Europe 04-02-2016

Education under attack in Pakistan

The EU should use its development and security programmes in Pakistan to ensure children have safe access to education and keep them out of the hands of extremists, writes Marie Arena.

Greece on the brink of 'education tragedy'

The economic crisis has dramatically impacted the already struggling Greek education system, according to a trade union report published last week (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports.
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Education 05-01-2016

Commission urged to unblock Erasmus+ funds for Greek NGOs

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Youth Forum has urged the European Commission to restore Erasmus+ funding for Greek NGOs. EurActiv Greece reports.


Erasmus+ struggling to attract apprentices

Three million students have studied abroad with Erasmus+, but only 5,000 apprentices have taken part in the exchange. France and Germany are joining forces to increase the programme’s uptake. EurActiv France reports

How teachers turn Europe into a leading hub for innovation and research

We need motivated, properly trained, well-equipped science teachers to prepare and inspire the next generation of researchers in Europe, writes Marc Durando.
Med & South 16-11-2015

Teach peace

Education is the way to disarm the processes that can lead to radicalisation, by undermining prejudice and fighting ignorance and indifference, writes Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Education, the best route to employment

Jobs remain the best route to inclusion, but only high-quality education and a broad mix of relevant skills lead to employment, writes Tibor Navracsics.

German economic research institute doubles cost estimate for refugee crisis

The cost of hosting refugees could be much higher than previously thought, according to the Ifo Institute, and attacks on German refugee accommodation are becoming more frequent. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 28-10-2015

EU budget: When contradictions cost lives

As the European Parliament is voting today on the draft EU’s budget for 2016 in Strasbourg, member states are pushing for cuts to programmes to fight extreme poverty, writes Tamira Gunzburg.
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Digital economy far from full potential, OECD warns

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The potential for information technologies to boost growth across all industrial sectors is still huge, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - but it calls on governments to think "strategically" in terms of education and employability.

The refugee crisis: Four steps to be taken

Sharing the burden of the refugee crisis is not just about relocating refugees, says Ivailo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

What Europe can learn from India

Pundits often point to the US as a model for Europe. They should be looking east instead, writes Amit S. Mukherjee.
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Education 22-09-2015

Economist: There is a role for EU policy on overeducation among young people

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / If overeducation is explained by factors such as excess supply of graduate labour, then there is a role for policy, says Adele Bergin.

Inclusion in German schools needs work, says study

In Germany, more and more students with and without disabilities are sharing the same classroom, according to a new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation. Nevertheless, inclusion in certain schools is being carried out poorly. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 28-08-2015

Illiteracy will cost global economy $1.2tn in 2015

Illiteracy is “a worldwide crisis” that will cost the global economy $1.2tn (£760bn) this year, the World Literacy Foundation (WLF) has warned. More than 796 million people are either completely illiterate, meaning they can’t read or write, or functionally illiterate, meaning they can’t perform basic tasks such as reading a medicine label, the WLF said in a report released on Monday (pdf).