VICENT GARCÉS: “Education in human rights is an urgency at a time when rights, freedoms and peace seem to be moving away”

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2018 Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and similar institutions

Investing in human capital is essential for the sustainable development, but also to ensure stability and security in the Euro-Mediterranean region

The ACM Foundation attends the Euromed 2018 Summit where Members of civil society representative bodies from countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region met in Turin to discuss the situation of education and training in the area. Although the challenges faced by each of the countries are different, as access to education and training is very unbalanced in the region, the general consensus was that investing in human capital is essential for the sustainable development of the countries, but also to ensure regional stability and security.

Recent data show a generally poor performance of the labour market in the Euromed region, with limited job creation, a low activity rate (especially among women, less than 25% on average), extreme disadvantage of youth and women participation in the labour market and an increase in the number of persons Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETS) in risk of exclusion. The education and training sector is therefore called to lay a central role in equipping people with the right skills.

The president of the ACM Foundation, Vicent Garcés, presents the International University Master in Human Rights in the Mediterranean which is carried out by the FACM and the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute EMUI. Read more

“We propose that the education cycles in the Euro-Mediterranean region incorporate the subject in human rights, which is a formative urgency at a time when rights, freedoms and peace seem to be moving away,” says Garcés.

As stated by Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), “these are exactly the times when our involvement as civil society organisations is key to foster dialogue, create bridges and improve the future of the citizens in our societies”. Along the same line, Cesare Onestini, Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), pointed out that “the key conditions of success in human capital development are the quality, continuity and regularity of social concertation between the government authorities and the social partners’ organisations, including civil society”.

The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region and at discussing the common challenges they face. This year, the event was co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Training Foundation (ETF), and exchanges focused on education and training.