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European Alliance of Initiatives
for Applied Anthroposophy

A successful step towards freedom of education in Europe

Dear Friends,

The European Parliament is engaged in an intense and controversial debate about the future of European integration and the question of individual rights in Europe. What kind of Europe do we want to pass on to our children and young people? Will it be a Europe that is open and socially responsive or one with boundary fences and nationalistic sentiment?

Education plays a fundamental role in this! This is where ELIANT is actively engaged

On 13th June 2018 the European parliament approved a report on modernisation of education in the EU which apart from recommending that media education should be appropriate to both age and development, it also contained requests for advancing a free and independent educational system in Europe (see ELIANT Newsletter "Digital Technology Yes – but at the Right Time").

One of our founding ELIANT partners, the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education worked with members of the working group on improving the financial position of schools in the voluntary sector and came together (in spring) with other organisations concerned with independent education (especially OIDEL and ECNAIS) and proposed some significant changes.

The EU report recognises the importance of freedom of choice

The report concluded by emphasising the importance of having the freedom to choose between different approaches to education. It then explicitly recommended giving financial support to independent charitable educational institutions of all kinds and at all levels. More information here.

This example demonstrates how important it is to have representatives from organisations concerned with applied anthroposophy in Brussels.

We are grateful for your support for it allows us to continue with and promote our important work in Brussels.

Warm greetings from the ELIANT team
Michaela Glöckler