Education To Combat Social Exclusion

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Learning, knowledge and understanding are the keys to sustainable social inclusion.

More than a quarter of Europeans are affected by social exclusion. Its causes are wide and varied and include poverty, disability, membership of an ethnic minority, difficulties in cultural integration, and job insecurity. In line with my programme and mandate, and with the view that the EESC should give practical and useful assistance to the EU institutions in responding to the European public’s expectations, I have decided that the 2010 Biennial Conference should address the issue of education as a fundamental tool in combating social exclusion of all kinds. The conference will explore the links between education, in all its forms and facets, and social exclusion, and will examine a number of aspects and dimensions of government action in the field of education, where civil society plays a very active role.

Mario Sepi

President of the European Economic and Social Committee

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