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Equitable Access and Inclusion in Education for Every Child in Europe

I N V I T A T I O N to the General Assembly and International Conference

to be held on April 27th-29th, 2018 in Milan, Italy

Co-organised by EPA, AGeSC and FAES

The European Commission has announced its commitment to creating a European Education Area partly to establish a policy framework providing the path towards Sustainable Development Goal 4: Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education. When EPA published its Manifesto 2015 envisaging 21st century education provided by education systems offering equitable learning environments for all children and their parents, based on a free and informed choice for parents on the education of their children that should never be restricted by the financial capacity of the family, UNESCO published its own vision calling for establishing education as a common – rather than public – good. This approach, based on childrens’ and parents rights demands governments to make informed and unrestricted choices possible for parents for an education that is best for the individual child as well as society.

This conference will focus on challenges European countries and European parents are facing for real equity: an equal opportunities approach of some countries, double financing by parents, inclusion of learners of diverse talents and needs, geographical differences, cultural differences, migration.

Registration is now open.

Registration deadline:

Midnight 10 March 2018


Preliminary Programme

The conference is held in English.

Friday, April 27th, 2018 – Stocktaking of equity issues

9:30                     Visiting the FAES School

11:30                   Visiting Carlo Porta School

13:00                   Lunch at Carlo Porta School then transfer to the conference venue

14:00                   Registration

14:30                   Official opening – Presidents of the hosting organisations

15:00                   Engaging parents to narrow the achievement gap – keynote by Prof. Janet Goodall, University of Bath

16:00                   Coffee break

16:30                   Workshop sessions on equity for different talents and needs

18:30                   Panel discussion on workshop outcomes with Prof. Janet Goodall

19:30                   Dinner at the canteen

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – Challenges and Solutions

10:00                   Policy input by the Minister of Education of Portugal (tbc), the Deputy Minister of Education of Bulgaria on behalf of the Presidency of the EU (tbc)

10:45                   Inclusiveness and excellence in Education and Training – the latest EU policies – Anna Barbieri, European Commission

11:30                   Challenges of equitable access to education in Italy– speaker to be confirmed

12:00                   Coffee break

12:30                   Inspiring practices from Italy

                            Educating street children – Sara Ferraioli, Maestri de Strada, Naples

                            Closing the digital divide – Eleonora Panto, D-Schola, Torino

13:10                   Round table – Challenges of equity in different European countries

14:00                   Lunch

15:00                   Workshop session – Equity and inclusion from organised parents’ perspective

16:30                   Coffee break

17:00                   Financial and organisational challenged

                            Education as public good – the way forward – Conny Reuter, Secretary General, Solidar

                            Equitable access without financial constrains – Italian speaker

17.50-18:30         Panel discussion: A rights-based approach to equity in education

19:30                   Conference dinner

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 – Inclusion and equity after the refugee crisis

10:00                   Introduction to the workshop sessions – examples of good practice and current EPA work on inclusion

10:30                   Workshop session – sharing and challenging national good practice (with a rolling coffee break)

12:30                   Closing plenary – workshop reports and conclusions

13:30                   Lunch

14:30                   EPA General Assembly – for EPA members only


Participation fee:

EUR 140 per person for those eligible to reduced rate

EUR 165 per person for non-members and additional participants of members


We have pre-booked two types of accommodation:

3-star hotel in the city centre, 10 tram stops from conference venue

single use EUR 100 per night including breakfast and city tax

double use EUR 110 per night including breakfast and city tax

apartments in walking distance of the conference venue

single or double use EUR 70 per night including city tax with self-arranged breakfast, coffee provided in the apartment kitchenette

You can register at this link

In all organisational questions please contact Brigitte Haider

e-mail:        GA@euparents.eu
Tel. no:        +43-664 562 4043