After more than 10 years, the European Framework of Key Competences for Lifelong Learning needs to be reviewed and updated, especially considering new challenges European society is facing nowadays. This process has been launched by the European Commission in early 2017, and OBESSU is happy to contribute with key points reflecting secondary school students’ concerns.

In the revision process, OBESSU furthermore looks to advocate for a clearer link between the Key Competences Framework and the European Qualification Framework, aiming at recognising that those competences are also acquired in a non-formal education setting. In this sense, great importance should be given to the work done by the youth sector and the youth organisations in this field, promoting the Key Competences Framework at European level.

We believe that in a broader lifelong learning perspective not only focused on formal education, and not only focusing on their “economic” benefits, PISA results should not have a primary role in influencing the reviewing process of the Key Competences framework. Applying the approach based on PISA results to the review process narrows down its  potential  application to the target group of tests – learners at particular stage of their formal  education. We highlight the need for listening to learners through dialogue and active participation.

Finally, OBESSU stresses the importance of having the commitment of Members States in implementation of the revised framework. Together with our Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations we will engage in its promotion and monitoring. The representation of school student representatives in processes of monitoring is crucial to ensure a high quality key competences framework.

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