27 May, Brussels: Learnovation Open Forum

Learnovation Open Forum, 27th May, Brussels: an agenda for change in Education and Lifelong learning beyond 2010 proposed in Brussels

The Learnovation Open Forum entitled “Removing the barriers to creativity and innovation? Listening to stakeholders’ voice”, was held on 27 May 2009 in Brussels, gathering the main European networks in the field of innovation and ICT for Education and Training. This event was organised by the Learnovation Roundtable with the support of the European Commission as a contribution to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, and resulted in the launch of the “10 imperatives for change” to make European education and lifelong learning a lever for innovation.

More and more observers are claiming that, despite the attention given by EU policy makers to creativity and innovation, as testified by the fact that he year 2009 has been dedicated to these issues, education and training systems are not facilitating enough the emergence of creative skills and attitudes but rather are often hindering their potential.

Given the importance of this issue for the Lisbon Agenda and for a new citizens-centred development of the European Union, the Learnovation Roundtable (www.learnovation.eu) has organised a conference aimed to explore what are the expectations and concerns of the different stakeholders in relation to barriers to creativity and innovation for learning, with a special attention to ICT use.

The conference counted with the participation of prestigious speakers, such as Ms. Odile Quintin, Director General for Education, Training, Culture, Youth (European Commission), Mr. Roberto Carneiro, former Minister of Education of Portugal (Universidade Católica Portuguesa) and Mr. Karlheinz Brandenburg (Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology), ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation and one of the fathers of mp3 technology.

During the event, a list of priorities for action was discussed by more than 90 participants and “10 imperatives for change” were produced, that will be proposed to relevant EU and national policy makers and will represent the starting point of a broad societal consultation on the desired future of European education and lifelong learning.

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