Invitation to Bucharest – November 2014
Dear ladies and gentlemen, partners in European education, friends and members!
It is a pleasure to formally invite you to the forthcoming GA and conference of EPA in Bucharest, Romania.
Early school leaving is a major point on the education agenda of the European Union. It is one of the main EU2020 targets to reduce the percentage of young people finishing the first part of their education, the years when they are full-time students, without a marketable vocation or the prospect of earning a college or university degree.
Those students who are most likely to leave school early are from families where there is no culture of learning and no respect for knowledge. However we are well aware how important it is to make everybody understand why lifelong learning is a necessity in our rapidly changing world.
Supporting families in understanding the importance of learning is probably the only way to prevent early school leaving, but also to support the adult family members to become lifelong learners and thus avoid unemployment.
Early school leaving often goes hand in hand with violence at school. Violent students are more likely to fail but those who fall victim of violence are just as likely to drop out.
We are very well aware of the fact that violence is often rooted in the home situation of those children affected. Violence at home is just as likely to result in violence at home as neglect. Parents whose children fall victim of violent one are often afraid to approach the other, supposedly violent parent or have no clue how to help a neglected child.
People coming to EPA events share the belief that a good home-school relationship is a good answer to many issues related to education. I believe that both early school leaving and school violence can be addressed via home-school relationship, not restricted to cooperation between the school and families but also the peer-to-peer help and support of parents.
I am sure those attending our forthcoming conference will learn about good practices and possible solutions to both issues that can be translated to the structure and problems of your country, your school or you, personally.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Bucharest and hope to proceed on our personal way in Lifelong Learning.
Eszter Salamon EPA-President
The conference is held in English. No simultaneous translation will be organised.
Friday, November 28th, 2014
9:00 Visit to “Gheorghe Lazar” National College and General School
12:00 Visit to the Palace of Parliament
13:00 Lunch, registration and market place
14:00 Opening session with welcome speeches by
Mihaela Guna – FNAP President
Eszter Salamon – EPA President
Victor Ponta – Prime Minister of Romania (TBC)
Remus Pricopie – Minister of Education
Sorin Oprescu – General Mayor of Bucharest
Romita Iucu – Pro-rector of the University of Bucharest
Ciprian Fartusnic – General Manager’s Institute of Education Sciences
15:00-17:30 Plenary session with one coffee break
by Maria Herczog, President of Eurochild:
A Rights of the Child approach to early school leaving, school violence and the role of home-school relationship to prevent them
by Zakia Akkouh, European Wergeland Centre:
NO HATE SPEECH: Campaign of the Council of Europe
by Nora Ritók, President, True Pearl Foundation:
Agents of Change
by Benoit Guerin, EPIC:
European Platform for Investing in Children
by Jens Völmicke, Goodyear:
Findings of the Survey on the Role of Parents on Road Safety
19:30-22:00 Gala dinner with a traditional Romanian menu
Saturday, November 29th, 2014
9:30-11:45 Workshop sessions – round 1
1. No Hate Speech Campaign
2. How to become agents of change
3. Investing in Children to prevent early school leaving and school violence – TBC
4. Violence/neglect at home = violence at school?!
11:45 Coffee break
12:15-13:30 Workshop sessions – round 2
The workshop sessions will be organised so that everybody can participate at two different workshops, meaning that in round 2 the workshops of round 1 will be repeated
13:30 Lunch break – with thematic discussion tables (topics to be announced on the spot)
14:30-16:00 EPA General Assembly
1. Opening and confirmation of quorum
2. Approval of the agenda
3. Acceptance of new members
4. Approval of minutes (GA in Lisbon 4th April 2014)
5. Election of auditor for 2014
6. Activity report 2014 for acknowledgement
7. Report on the financial situation mid-year for acknowledgement
8. Approval of working programme and preliminary budget 2015
9. Approval of the draft working program for the years 2015-2017
10. Change of Statutes
11. Approval of By-Laws
13. Announcement of the next GA
17:30 optional cultural programme – to be confirmed later
Conference venue: the building of the Parliament of Romania. To enter the building we need your passport/ID card number. Please submit it if you haven’t done so before.
Accommodation is in the Ibis Hotel, 82-84 Izvor Street, Bucharest which is in walking distance from the Parliament. To all other venues (school and restaurant) transportation will be organised.
In all organisational questions please contact Brigitte Haider
e-mail: GA@euparents.eu Tel. no: +43-664 562 4043