Katarzyna: The European Area should mean a kind of web consisting of European systems of education. Although each system is different, they should be connected by certain common values and aims of the whole European education.
It is said that young people are our future, so the European Union should do its best to help those young people find themselves in the European area. Today’s world is changing very fast, and very often national systems of education are outdated, adjusted to reforms implemented 10 or more years ago. Even if it is not the role of the EU to interfere in national systems of education, it should make it easier and possible for students to make their own decisions about their educational goals, both in their countries of origin and abroad. As a result, the European Education Area should create a kind of “European system of education” in which every young man or woman could find their own place.
When speaking about teachers, what is the most important is that they should be given the feeling of appreciation from their national government and the society for the whole responsibility of their job. What is more and goes after this, remuneration of teachers should be higher (at least in many EU countries) and national governments should spend more money on education, didactic material and classroom equipment.
Grégory Corps is a 32-year-old French teacher. He teaches History and Geography at a secondary school in Grenoble. He is also union leader at the academic level and a member of the social commission of CESI’s French member SNALC/CSEN. Katarzyna Pawlaczyk is a 33-year-old Polish teacher. She has been teaching English in a resocialisation institution (closed boarding school) for 10 years. This school teaches girls aged 13-18 with challenging social backgrounds. Katarzyna isan active trade unionist in CESI’s Polish member organisation WZZ Solidarność – Oświata.
Note: The points of view raised in this interview are of personal nature and do not necessarily reflect official positions of CESI or CESI Youth.
Picture: The CESI Youth Board. Katarzyna 5th and Grégory 9th from the right © CESI 2018