image The initiatives related to key competence development described in this report differ in many ways, according to the nature of the key competences addressed, the implementation process used, the number of students and teachers directly concerned, the type of actors involved, and the duration and stage of development.

The Lisbon agenda, launched by the European Council in 2000, underlined national education systems’ key role in fostering a dynamic and innovative European knowledge-based economy. To assist national education systems’ contribution to this objective, the 2006 Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning was formulated. Since then, Europe’s focus on the digital agenda and the need to face the challenges posed by the current financial crisis have given renewed relevance to the importance of developing a key competence approach in education systems across Europe. KeyCoNet’s remit includes the identification and analysis of emerging key competence initiatives, which are collected yearly and described in ‘case notes’ to keep abreast of new developments in this area. Each of KeyCoNet’s partners were responsible for identifying and contacting coordinators of KCD initiatives of interest at national level, and requesting those directly involved in the initiative to draft a case note.

Caroline Kearney
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