Education Ministers adopt a declaration to tackle intolerance, discrimination and radicalisation

During the informal meeting in Paris end of March, which was honoured by the presence of the French President François Hollande, Education Ministers from the European Union Member States and Mr Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport adopted the Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

 The declaration calls for Europe's combined efforts to prevent and tackle marginalisation, intolerance, racism and radicalisation and to preserve a framework of equal opportunities for all.

The ministers talked about strengthening the key contribution which education makes to personal development, ensuring inclusive education for all children and young people and empowering teachers so that they are able to take an active stand against all forms of discrimination and racism. Importance to enhance social, civic and intercultural competences, critical thinking and media literacy was emphasised at the meeting. Similarly, the need to foster education of disadvantaged children and young people was also mentioned.

To reach these aims, European, national, regional and local level action is to be enforced. The main tool at the European level are the 'Education and Training 2020' strategic framework through its priorities, peer learning and the exchange of good practices. Furthermore, the Erasmus+ and the Horizont 2020 programmes have a great potential to contribute through the mobility of learners and teachers, strategic partnerships and education institutions cooperation platforms, as well as to dialogue and joint projects on citizenship education, volunteering and youth exchanges.

Joint decleration: