28/02/2002

Hanna attends educational policy conference in Paris

The Stormont Minister for Employment and Learning Carmel Hanna has attended an international conference on educational policy making for the 21st Century” in Paris.

Speaking after the ‘Reforming Education for the 21st Century’ conference, Mrs Hanna said it was important to examine and cater for key challenges that lay ahead for education in the 21st Century.

“Because of the pace of change, I believe it is for Governments to learn from the experience of policies tried and tested by others,” the Minister said.

The Conference was jointly organised by the Policy Network organisation and the Education and Training Group of the British Council. Among those attending the high profile event were the Rt. Hon Estelle Morris, Secretary of State for Education and Skills and Monsieur Jack Lang, Ministre de L’Education Nationale.

Mrs Hanna added: “This conference considered alternative models of delivery, access and innovation. I was particularly interested in the outcomes on the conference’s discussion group on Access and Widening Participation. My Department is currently addressing the issue of Widening Access through a number of broad policy directions and a range of specific target actions.”

(AMcE)

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