the 20th of November, the EU Commission published a Communication entitled
"Rethinking Education: Investing
in skills for better socio-economic outcomes" (COM(2012) 669 final). The Communication
identifies key challenges to achieve many of the goals set in the 2020
strategy. "Despite progress over the last five years in the
percentages of those qualifying from higher education, sustained efforts will
be needed to reach the headline target of 40% of young people completing higher
COFACE welcomes this Communication and
especially supports several key points:
- The necessity to invest in education and
particularly in early childhood education and care. Enough research has shown the beneficial impact of
early education investment but this has not always translated in appropriate
policy measures at member states level. COFACE is currently lobbying the EU
parliament to sign a written declaration to designate 2014 to be the year for
reconciling work and family life. Early Childhood Education and Care facilities
are key to the implementation of reconciliation policies.
- The promotion of policies targeting the
most vulnerable groups.These groups are often stuck in an intergenerational transmission of poverty
and social exclusion. Children of vulnerable families are always most at risk
of early school leaving, negative health outcomes (obesity), unemployment…
Policies aiming to break this cycle will enable millions of people to
contribute more to society. COFACE is organising a conference on vulnerable
families in Dublin
on the 4th and 5th of February 2013.
For more information about the Commission's
communication please consult the following website:
Parenting support and education in Europe
final meeting of Eurofound
’s report on Parenting Support and Education in
Europe was held in Dublin on the 10 September with the presence of several
research bodies, university representatives and social partners such as COFACE.
This final gathering of experts aimed at assessing the last draft of the
research paper and commenting, amending its content.
warmly welcomes the work of Eurofound in the area of parenting support and
education since the topic coincides with our work in many aspects.
several parts of the research document closely follows COFACE’s previous policy
papers as well as contributions to consultations, where the notion of positive
parenting, peer support, self help groups or the promotion of e-parenting is
underscored. Moreover, the concept of family mainstreaming is also well
emphasized in the document; a perception that has always been very important in
our work at EU as well as member states level.
positive parenting cannot happen without both parents dedicating appropriate
amount of time to their children. This recognition in the research paper has
particular importance for us, considering COFACE’s and other European level
networks’ lobby efforts to campaign towards 2014 to be the European Year for
Reconciling Work and Family Life.
report is to be launched during the next upcoming months and will be widely
distributed at all levels.
In today’s societies in which children and youth receive a lot of information and influences (often conflicting ones) from outside their homes, it is important that they learn to be active and develop their ability to think independently and critically.
In this kind of diverse and changing environment, authoritative ways of parenting do not meet the ‘future survival needs’ in a best possible manner. Instead, parents should be co-learners who may negotiate with their children, learn from children’s experiences and draw from their own knowledge resources and experiences for the best interest of the child.
The role of parents is to be sensitive and responsive to child’s needs and opinions. This is the way in which a child assumes an attitude to active citizenship already in early childhood. Interaction with a child should be characterized by mutuality and reciprocity. COFACE supports this approach, called ‘positive parenting’, as a form of good parenting.
Published on 03 Dec 2011
Updated on 19 Dec 2012