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Back to school – Learning throughout your life

Written by Denise Chircop and Eulalia Claros,

long life learning


Did you know:

  • a really good way of improving your child’s chances of success at school is to continue your own education? Yet only 4 % of adults with a low level of education attend any training.
  • that children from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend pre-school reap even greater benefits than other children later on at school? Yet the participation rate of young children is on average 7 % lower if parents have not received tertiary education and 13 % lower if children came from migrant families.
  • that as an eighteen-year-old woman, you are more likely to be studying than a young man of your age?

Duration of full time compulsory education

Duration of full time compulsory education

As ‘that time of the year’ comes round for many young people in the EU, the time is right to take an in-depth look at the state of education in the Union. As the basis of a level playing field in the labour market, how can we make sure that all EU citizens can benefit from the opportunities provided by education? Do people make full use of learning opportunities in the work place? Do greater educational opportunities really increase a woman’s chance of success in the labour market?

This European Parliamentary Research Service interactive infographic explores the learning universe from early childhood through to adulthood. The interactive infographic ‘Lifelong learning in the EU‘ does not just stop at our formal systems of education but looks at all forms of learning for a comprehensive insight into what is happening in each of the Member States inside and out of schools.

Do you know what qualifications you need to become a teacher in Europe? Who benefits from education and training and who is left behind? Is the European Parliament a real actor in education and training?

Our interactive infographic allows you to view graphs according to the variable that interests you most, or to find out more about individual Member States and compare them with others. Links to the original sources are provided, most of which were financed by the European Union as a means to obtain comprehensive data upon which to formulate its policies.

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