This working group (WG) is dedicated to fulfill young people’s potential though education. The participating cities took an active role in identifying methods to prevent school drop-outs and to improve the link between education and labour market. The main focus of the activity is to promote social inclusion of young people though education.

The WG will seek to contribute to the SAF priorities for 2019-2020:
  • A good start in life for all children and youth by ensuring inclusive, affordable and accessible early childhood education and care
  • Inclusive education to prepare for the future of work and skills with a focus on 21st century skills, including digital skills and more generally the challenges of vocational educational training.
  • Promoting diversity, social inclusion and cohesion by focusing on equal opportunities in education, including tackling early school leaving, for all especially those from low-income and diverse/migrant backgrounds
  • Accessible education opportunities and services with a key priority on tackling the lack of qualified teachers, school leadership and school infrastructure to welcome diversity in the classroom 
As methods, the group will focus on:
  • Inclusive governance on a whole-school approach involving all relevant stakeholders around the school (parents, social services, students etc.)
  • Use of data to develop evidence-based policy and practice in education
  • Promote policy transfers between cities on good practices in education
Meetings of the working group:
1. Barcelona, 24-26 April on inclusion through education.
2. Vienna, November on Vienna’s inclusive policies.   
3. Warsaw, 22-23 October on ESF-funded projects to develop digital skills. The meeting will be during the Social Affaris Forum and will be held jointly with WG Employment.


Jean-Jacques Derrien
Projects Manager for European Development in Education Department