Education and social mobility – knowledge-based society is the key to progress

In the 21st century the ongoing information technology revolution changes the nature of working. Even the specialized workers need increasingly computer skills and the ability to adapt to new technological environments. in the meantime there is a growing gap between the richest and the increasing number of poor people. One of the most important task for a government nowadays is to make education accessible for all, and to provide social support for the people who have no means for pursuing studies. In Hungary, the current processes show unfortunately in the opposite direction. The government lowered the age of compulsory education from 18 years to 16 ys, thus a growing number of young people drop out from the educational system without any qualification and also without the capability to study further at any later time in life. The public work program of the Hungarian government created a catch 22 situation. The payment for it is too small for providing the living, but big enough for the parents in the poor countryside regions that they let their children do it. But it is a dead-end way, statistics show that very small percentage of public workers can move over to the real job market due to the lack of efficient training programs and in most of the cases useless tasks during the public work. it even contributes to the revival of a kind of feudalistic structure where local leaders can abuse the system of public work, and even maintain their political support with threatening of taking away even this “opportunity”. We have to change it. Education, be it public or higher level has to become the focus of a future government. Autonomy should be given back to the public schools, and universities. Without educational freedom and autonomy of academic research there is no long term development. In order to be able to compete globally, the European Union could set up basic standards of education that the member states should apply. I know that currently education is handled mostly by the member states, but if we can set minimum quality standards for agricultural products, why not to do it in a different field, as well? If we want a Europe with more cohesion, we have to harmonize our attitudes towards education, and to intensify exchange programs. Europe has a great source of best practices, we should adapt them to allow our continent to become a competent, and also sustainable global actor, and to reach more equality among its citizens.
4 months, 2 weeks ago in FOR A UNITED SOCIAL EUROPE
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We need to fight unequalities and support social mobility. Currently the Hungarian government supports the richer layers of society and doesn't care for the ever growing number of people in need. The changes they made in the educational system favors further segregation of the society, and puts greater hurdles to social mobility for the poorer strata. It is the one of the most important fields where changing policy is urgently required.

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Mutualise the risk of unemployment at the European level is a complicated task but it is possible. Indeed, Europe could promote an high protection of that risk by developing, first, harmonisation on unemployment insurances conditions. It would concern : the length of the indemnisation, but also the control methods and much more important the way the person unemployed is taking care of. Because of course, unemployed people are persons, human beings. And European socialists should see them like as fragile people, not as thief, like some right wing parties across Europe do. When the harmonisation is over, or that differences between Member States are so huge that it is impossible to harmonise, the EU should unify. By setting a percentage of monthly indemnisation in regard of the previous salary. It should be set on the higher scale, so that no country has to lower its protection. It should also be part of a new fund, that would fit into cohesion and solidarity objectives of the EU and that would coexists with the actual funds. This amount of money would go to the support of the unemployed person (new formation, personal counselor, better information on workers and unemployed people rights) and to active way to fight unemployment, such as the french initiative “territoire zéro chômage”. Finally, this amount of money would be coming from the workers cotisations, the member states and new taxations, for instance by establishing a bonus malus for companies if they choose to hire workers on fixed-term contract or permanent contract. The EU must protect its citizens from social risks, and I could write other proposals, such as health care for everyone, working conditions, especially with work accidents, or democracy inside the companies. By protecting them, the EU would contribute to build a better European citizenship, and would finally enhance its role as a welfare union.

4 months, 3 weeks ago in FOR A UNITED SOCIAL EUROPE
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