It is the urgent bet for the education and qualification of Portuguese young people and adults for the skills and jobs of the future, in order to activate the social elevator in Portugal.
Education cannot be compartmentalized. It should be seen as a continuous lifelong process that includes compulsory education, vocational education and training, higher education and lifelong adult education.
On the day when Education is celebrated internationally and when we are few in legislation, it is essential to put Education on the agenda and policy. to do different and a new ambition for Portugal to be able and socially powerful in which economic stagnation has been found for many decades!
The current situation in the country requires a commitment between all stakeholders in society (companies, training institutions, political education institutions).
And much of this path goes through a Ministry of Education that, in addition to concerns about infrastructure and resources, focuses on the essential – on the student and their skills, that is, on the qualification of the Portuguese so that they have the skills that These are the engine for the best to happen and in which the resources (schools, teachers, content) It is also necessary for Higher Education to accelerate its transformation to adapt more quickly for the future and for the promoter of short-term training and oriented beyond the market (to what it already does today).
Also demystify vocational education, giving them the real importance that education can still increase for higher education of all higher education and that higher education can increase for all generations. The adia must be bet, which are as good in developed countries as Germany, which will be given in dual education.
Portugal has the largest intergenerational gap in the European Union in the qualification levels of its active population and is indicated by the OECD as the financial education of countries and country with the worst lifelong learning, and as the place where it is most urgent to invest in life training your adults
To transform Portugal’s education society less defined as aspirational goals for 2040 Neves into a young and more trained population: a young and younger population. An employment rate of 90% for young people who complete a level of schooling and 25% of adults participate in lifelong education and training. Place Portugal in the 10 European Union countries with the most jobs in technological and knowledge-intensive sectors, with the reinforcement of education in line with the needs of the labor market.
For the age to be formed by an age that is fundamental for work (in particular) and for the generation to be formed in a way that is not defined by a duration (in particular) for the labor market with an undefined duration (in particular), promote lifelong learning, oriented between the labor market, education and training and the labor market needs, diversifying the format and models of educational offer, review the role of training and work needs. articulation with vocational schools and polytechnic education, allow and encourage innovation in schools in all its aspects, bet on dual education, enhance the role of the teacher and make a profession appealing to young people.
The world and the job market are evolving rapidly and Portugal will not continue to lag behind. We have to act now.
Carlos Oliveira, Executive President of the José Neves Foundation