What is EURECA?
EURECA stands for EURopean Education CAmpaign.
Aims/Objectives of the Project
The project is born from a reflection of needs (AEGEE Planning Meeting
Spring 2001, Katowice; AEGEE General Assembly Spring 2001, Constanta)
that have been identified as the following:
• Today's Education does not sufficiently reflect a European
• At the moment a feeling of "European Citizenship"
is not perceptible among the broad population
• Current Education Programmes reach only a very limited target
• Current Education Systems do not integrate sufficiently
formal, informal and non-formal techniques.
Arising from this reflection of needs, based in figures and facts
about the present situation, EURECA was conceived as a Campaign
for European Education focusing on five main aims:
• Raising awareness for the importance of Education for the
future integration of Europe and its citizens.
• Establishing a dialogue and an open exchange of ideas (horizontal-
among students of all disciplines- and vertical- between students
• Underlining the role that the European Union is playing
in influencing European Education.
• Paying special attention to the role that Media can play
in this issue.
• Elaborating a Proposal for a New Education Programme.
These five objectives of the project do not only touch theoretically
the fact that current Education systems in Europe could be improved
in order to provide a European dimension not as limited as in the
current times. The project tries to cover four different stages,
a first one of awareness raising, a second of review and study of
the present, a focus towards a possible future and a final proposal.
Raising Awareness - the Education Action Week (February
The Action Week is conceived as a Pan-European opinion poll where
AEGEE-Members have the chance to enter in a dialogue with decision-makers.
It would be a reflection about current Education systems where a
large number of local AEGEE groups would have the chance to organize
parallel activities, such as discussion rounds and debates, information
campaigns and workshops. It would serve as a first step to attract
the attention of the public, especially in the media and to conduct
a survey about the expectations of young people.
A description of the present - 7 Conferences (April- July
The official launch of the project will be the Opening Conference,
taking place in April 2002, intended to give a short analysis of
the history of education policy, to gather the results of the Education
Action Week and to enter in a first study of the different pillars
of the project, bringing together the different actors (250 participants).
A series of Six Pillar Conferences, taking place in six different
cities in EU members states as well as pre-accession countries from
April to July 2002 with 100 participants each, will provide coverage
to the role of the six actors that have been identified as the main
ones influencing Education. Each one of these actors have what we
can name "responsibilities" in the field of Education,
which are the following ones:
•The Academic World: Universities and other institutions
of Higher Education are a central part of education systems.
•Institutions: The actors on different levels that
have a main influence on the structure of education systems and
•NGOs: Non-governmental organisations are on one hand
active in forming public opinion concerning education, one the other
hand, especially in the youth field, an actor covering non-formal
Education and the recognition of this by other actors should be
•The Media: is the actor which is playing a fundamental
role in influencing the society, and as well Education can be influenced
from this side.
•The Private Sector: private companies influence Education
being the ones who will recruit the students afterwards.
•The Enlargement Process: a process which will definitely
modify the education systems in the European continent.
Interim Evaluation - Education Study Meeting (August 2002)
The Study Meeting will gather 30 participants reflecting about the
ideas concluded in the first phase. This meeting involves AEGEE,
its Education Working Group and its Alumni Organisation, who will
discuss together diving into an in-depth analysis of current EU
Education Programmes. It will also start the discussion about a
possible set-up of a new Education Programme.
A practical view into Future - Seminars (September/October
In short words, four seminars intend to focus on the creation of
a new proposal and different practical matters of establishing a
new Education Programme. These seminars (30 participants each) would
try to involve different research institutes as partners.The division
•Legal Aspects of EU Programmes
•Budget Mechanism of the EU
•Human Resources in EU Programmes
•Information Campaign for EU Programmes
Impact of the Project- the Final Proposal (December 2002)
A final proposal voted by the AGORA, the General Assembly of AEGEE,
would be the final step to have an impact on the different bodies
involved in Education. It would be presented to the external world
in a Final Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels in
December, a round-up of the whole project.