February 2, 2015
There are more and more voices nowadays heard among the entire EU that the modern education system found across the entire continent of Europe fails to properly address the growing problem of unemployment. More even, it is often said that instead of mitigating the problem, many countries with their outdated systems of educating young people produce more and more individuals who – despite receiving what can seemingly be described as the “proper education” – find it hard to successfully get to the job market. What then should be done to increase the chances of young people finding jobs if not providing them with the best education they can get. This is exactly what a Dutch Labour Party politician and simultaneously the Minister for Education, Culture and Science Mariëtte Jet Bussemaker claims in her speech. But she also suggests that it is not easy to get it right.
On January 26 2015 in Paleis der Academiën, Brussels, Mariëtte Jet Bussemaker a gave her speech on the European Education System, pinpointing both its goals as well as possible challenges which the board of education will face as it strives to offer young Europeans more opportunities to gain all the necessary education to become competitive employees on the ever changing and ever demanding European job market. At the same time, she expressed her belief that amongst many nations it is the Dutch people who contribute strongly to the European system of education.
Interestingly, despite acknowledging that the European Union has clearly had some great successes with education, Bussemaker suggests that a lot is still to be done. The main focus is higher education which Bussmaker claims to be “more than responding to short-term labour market needs. It is about equipping citizens with the capacity for critical thought and the cross-cutting skills that will serve them, and society well in the long term”.
What then should be done, to help the higher education facilities, such as universities and private institutions you can find at: http://www.teb.pl/ offer higher standards of education in order to create competitive to-be-employees. Obviously, it is all about money. In order to help alleviate the so-called ‘education gap’ the EU is planning on spending around 315 billion euro. A nice sum to help education stand back on its feet.
It therefore seems that all the Member States which has so far suffered from problems connected to education and the inability to provide the pupils and students with the sufficient level of knowledge to make their start on the job market easier may just reace (hopefully – not in peace) assured that their problems will be addressed by the EU’s money. Is that enough to help all the Member States – we shall see in the future.