Council of Europe Ministers of Education to meet in Helsinki
Education Minister Jukka Gustafsson is to host the Council of Europe meeting of Ministers of Education to be held in Helsinki 26-27 April. Around 20 Ministers will attend the conference, as well as Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. The keynote speakers are Eero Heinäluoma, Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, and Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education.
The theme of the conference is ‘Governance and Quality Education’. The ministers will be discussing issues relating to enhanced cooperation between home and school, greater opportunities for the involvement of pupils, students and other stakeholders, and the promotion of ethical and good practices in education.
On Saturday, ministers are expected to endorse a declaration to undertake to develop education and their national education systems with the result that everyone will be guaranteed an opportunity for quality education. Ministers will also agree to promote the ‘Helsinki Agenda for Quality Education’. Over the next few years, the priorities for European cooperation will be to foster ethical and good practices and enhance democratic culture and participation in education.
On the morning of Friday, 26 April, participants will visit schools in the city of Helsinki.
Further information on arrangements for the media at the meeting:
• The conference’s inaugural session will be between 13:15 and 14:45, and a press conference will be held at around 14:50 (Finlandia Hall, 2nd floor, room 25). Representatives of the media are welcome along on the school visits and to the opening session.
• Marjo Merivirta, Director of Communications and Public Relations (+358 40 701 9525) firstname.lastname@example.org and Jukka Torikka, Press Officer (+358 295 33 0221) email@example.com