Education and training are crucial in promoting knowledge based, competitive and socially cohesive societies in Europe, and play important role in responding to the chances and challenges of globalisation. They are therefore a key to sustainable development and prosperity, in particular in South Eastern Europe.
The Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) supports sustainable education reforms through regional cooperation. It aims at fostering shared European standards in education and training for a rapid integration of its member countries into a wider European area of education, thus contributing to the success and sustainability of the EU integration process.
ERI SEE takes into account both country-specific needs and demands in education reforms, as well as present trends in the development of the envisaged European Area of Education, as outlined in the EU 'Detailed Work Programme on the Follow-up of the Objectives of Education and Training Systems in Europe', the 'Bologna Process' and the 'Copenhagen Process'.
ERI SEE seeks synergies between education and research through information exchange and cooperation in line with the priority 'Building Human Capital' of the Regional Cooperation Council.
ERI SEE objectives are:
- to continue the support of national education reform efforts in South Eastern Europe in the perspective of the process of EU integration and the more global developments in education and training;
- to actively promote regional cooperation at system, expert and civil society level through capacity building and know-how transfer;
- to facilitate information exchange and cooperation between the education and the research sector in South Eastern Europe;
- to support national activities of its members related to the priorities of the ‘Detailed Work Programme on the Follow-up of the Objectives of Education and Training Systems in Europe’ (Education & Training 2010) and follow-ups, the Copenhagen Declaration and follow-up communiqués (Copenhagen process) and the Bologna Declaration and the follow-up communiqués (Bologna process).
Wherever and whenever possible, the ERI SEE activities will address the more global developments in education and training, to which the SEE countries have committed themselves (e.g. the World Declaration on Education for All, the Dakar Framework for Action and the Millenium Development Goals, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005 - 2014).