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Pathways to School Success Initiative – Eurochild response

Equal chances for every child: Education must be accessible and inclusive for every child

Eurochild, together with its partners in the ICAM Project, submitted a response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Pathways to School Success Initiative. The Initiative aims to tackle underachievement in basic skills and early leaving from education and training.  

Together with our partners from Italy, Romania, Spain and the UK, we recommend that this new Initiative looks beyond academic results as the benchmark for ‘success’ in EU education systems. In our position paper, we recommend that the Pathways to School Success Initiative:

  • outlines a clear framework for action at school and systems level to ensure well-being and inclusive education are prioritised.
  • targets disadvantaged groups who are more at risk of underachievement and early school leaving, including children with disabilities, with a migrant background or minority ethnic status, from low-educated families, children in alternative care and children living in remote areas.
  • involves the voices of children in its development, implementation and evaluation, especially those who are the most disadvantaged and marginalised by current education systems.

Together, through focusing on inclusivity and accessibility, we can dismantle inequality in education, and build equitable education systems that support all children to reach their full potential.

Read Eurochild’s position paper submitted for this consultation.

What can you do?

Eurochild encourages its members to submit their own response to the consultation, which remains open until 30 September 2021.

We also welcome members who are working on education policy at national and international level, and who are interested in further exchange, to contact the Secretariat by emailing Ciaran O’Donnell.  




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