Young people from around the world have been selected to take part in a two-day workshop to prepare themselves as junior advisors to European Ministers.
More than 15 children aged 13-15, from countries including Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Austria, UK and Poland, will come together to discuss higher education in their country and how their ideas could be used to shape the future of education policy and practice.
The 2012 Ministerial Conference will be held in Bucharest from 26-27th April at the Romanian Palace of the Parliament. Ministers representing 47 countries will set out key policy issues for the future.
The delegation of children will be on hand both days, to offer advice to the ministers from their experiences of education. As one of the first officials to listen to their ideas, Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research, Karlheinz Töchterle - supporter of Children’s Universities in Austria - will meet the “We are the future” delegation. at eye level.
The ‘We are the Future’ event, organized by the Vienna University Children’s Office, is part of SiS Catalyst, a £3.5 million European Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Initiative, coordinated by the University of Liverpool, to develop children’s ideas on new science and technology activities at schools, universities, and cultural organizations.
Tricia Jenkins, from the University of Liverpool and coordinator of the initiative, said “This is a very important conference where ministers are deciding how education will look in the future. We believe that it is crucial that young people are included in these deliberations. SiS Catalyst is providing an opportunity for a group of young people from around the world to have their voices heard. They are the future.”
Iber, from Vienna University Children’s Office, said: “We have been bringing
together children, scientists and policy makers in Austria for over 10 years.
Bucharest is a wonderful opportunity to invite European ministers to follow
The European Children's Universities Network is going to be very active at this unique possibility to listen to young people. 13 member organisations are going to send their delegates to the event.
More information about the "We are the Future" event here.
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"We are the Future" Event in Bucharest
More than 15 young people (including 13 from EUCU.NET member organisations) aged 13-15 are came together to express their thoughts on higher education. They will form an official delegation to the 2012 Ministerial Conference and Third Bologna Policy Forum in Bucharest, April 23rd - 27th 2012
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