The FEDE promotes the European spirit and European values. It defends ideas of human dignity, tolerance, openness to others, peace, defence of human rights, solidarity and democracy. It also supports the concept of the rule of law.
Recommendation on student poverty and precariousness in Europe
On 10 April, Claude Vivier Le Got presented to more than 150 INGOs the Recommendation on student poverty and precariousness in Europe, which had been initiated by the FEDE since early 2019. This institutional document, co-signed by the FEDE and the European Social Action Network (ESAN), was adopted almost unanimously at the plenary session of the Conference of INGOs (approximately 150 INGOs were present during the vote). This is a great institutional success for FEDE and a first step in INGOs’ commitment to fight student poverty and hold European policy-makers accountable.
the FEDE Human rights committee
The FEDE Human Rights Commission, alerted by the alarming situation of access to education in the Sahel, has committed itself and called on the international community to take strong action.
The dropping out of school of children due to the extreme instability of the territory, the control of militias over educational content, are all negations of the fundamental right that is the right to education. INGOs guided by an ideal of European education, humanist, strong in the values of respect for human rights and openness to others, the FEDE strongly condemns this situation.
Find here the letter to international bodies.
“The European Federation of Schools is convinced that access to education for all is not only a fundamental right but also an indispensable condition for the pacification of the Sahel. Jihadist expansion and its violent excesses are also fuelled by the school dropout rate and the feeling of idleness of local populations. We expect a strong response from the international community, commensurate with the crucial issue of access to education in the Sahel.”
Response of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
On 23 October 2019, we had the pleasure of receiving the reply from Mrs Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, to our letter of 19 July concerning the dramatic situation of thousands of schoolchildren in the Sahel.
Ms Giannini, Italian Minister of Education between 2012 and 2014, shares our concerns about the deteriorating security situation in the region, and has assured us of UNESCO’s active contribution to the education sector, in particular in coordination with the G5 Sahel and other UN agencies. UNESCO is committed, in particular, to supporting teacher training in the area, alongside France and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, one of FEDE’s privileged partners.
FEDE welcomes the positive actions taken by UNESCO and its partners on the ground, who are working over the long term to improve access to education in the Sahelian countries. The challenges in the region are multiple and complex; they call for the joint mobilization of all relevant actors to restore, in the long term, decent living conditions for local populations.