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Estonia: Extension of the compulsory education

20 June 2024

Estonia is about to launch one of the most important education reforms in recent years: the extension of the compulsory education age from 17 to 18 years. 



Belgium (FR): Benelux-Baltic agreement on automatic diploma recognition

04 June 2024

The Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg) and the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) mutually and automatically recognise the diplomas of their higher education institutions as from 1 May 2024. It is on this date that a treaty signed in 2021 entered into force. 



Ireland: Launching the ‘Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Strategy 2024-2033`

30 May 2024

Ireland’s “Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Strategy 2024-2033: Every Learner from Birth to Young Adulthood” and a supporting five-year implementation plan have been launched recently. The strategy has been developed jointly by the Department of Education and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in collaboration with an inter-agency Steering Committee. 



Ukraine: Advancing the reform of specialised secondary education

28 May 2024

The reform of specialised secondary education is part of the comprehensive renewal of general secondary education envisaged by the "New Ukrainian School" concept. Starting in 2023/2024, this reform is to be completed over a decade, with the final phase expected between 2029 and 2033. 



Bulgaria: Launch of the “Strong start” project supporting preschool education

23 May 2024

Over 75,000 parents and children in kindergartens and nursery groups will receive support under the “Strong Start” project, implemented by the Ministry of Education and Culture and financed by the European Programme “Education”. Signatures for its official launch were signed by the Minister of Education and Science, Prof. Galin Tsokov, and Prof. Georgi Vaisilov, Executive Director of the Executive Agency “Programme Education”. 



Belgium (FR): Guidance tool for higher education enrolment

21 May 2024

The French Community of Belgium has created a formative, non-binding guidance tool, that is intended for all young people wishing to enrol in higher education, as well as supporting the professionalisation of those involved in guidance, including teachers.  


In concrete terms, the tool itself will be developed in three areas: 


Bulgaria: Guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence

17 May 2024

The Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria has released guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in schools. The document is not mandatory or binding, the department specified. 



Italy: New models for the national certification of competences

13 May 2024

In January 2024, the Ministry of Education and Merit has published a Ministerial Decree containing the new models for the certification of competences acquired by pupils at the end of primary, lower secondary and compulsory education, as well as at the end of adult education courses. 



Ireland: Revised assessment of need process for schools

08 May 2024

A revised assessment of need process for schools has been announced in Ireland. This revised process has been developed on foot of a recent High Court judgement which found that teachers have the appropriate expertise to be nominated by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) to assess a child’s educational needs.