11 May 2010
Young Europeans: an urgent educational challenge
Motion for a recommendation
presented by Mr Volontč and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it
Suicide rates among young Europeans are rising in absolute terms year on year, and in many Council of Europe countries this phenomenon is a growing source of concern.
Bullying and violence, which are found particularly in the large metropolitan areas of Europe, are spreading more widely in many areas of the European countries: in schools, places of recreation and those normally used by the general public.
The use of drugs and self-harm by young people seem to be the result of a general lack of self-esteem and an inability to address the challenges and responsibilities linked to the future.
The educational challenge facing young Europeans has been worsened by growing unemployment which, at this time of crisis, has mainly affected young people between 19 and 25 (for example, in Italy, France and Sweden 26%, and in Spain as high as 44%), undermining their ambition to pursue goals and exploit their talents and skills.
The weakening of family ties and the inadequacy of schooling in moral values, civil virtues and duties are fostering loneliness and very serious psychological depression in the younger generation.
Repressive policies alone, lowering the age at which minors can be imprisoned, and the alarming data on repeat offenders, demonstrate the need to expand educational and preventive measures for young people. At the same time it is indispensable to create an educational covenant between families, associations, schools and the young people themselves.
The suicide rate and other indicators of the serious plight of young people in the Council of Europe countries, also in consideration of their great value to the European countries and the European continent as a whole, require a wide-ranging debate within the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers so that the educational challenge facing young Europeans can be urgently addressed, also by identifying and exchanging "common best practices".
Signed (see overleaf)
VOLONTČ Luca, Italy, EPP/CD
AGRAMUNT FONT DE MORA Pedro, Spain, EPP/CD
BERGAMINI Deborah, Italy, EPP/CD
DUNDEE Alexander, United Kingdom, EDG
ETHERINGTON Bill, United Kingdom, SOC
FARINA Renato, Italy, EPP/CD
GHILETCHI Valeriu, Moldova, EPP/CD
KOVÁCS Elvira, Serbia, EPP/CD
KÜHNEL Franz Eduard, Austria, EPP/CD
LINDBLAD Göran, Sweden, EPP/CD
MEALE Alan, United Kingdom, SOC
MENDES BOTA José, Portugal, EPP/CD
MINCHEV Krasimir, Bulgaria, EPP/CD
NEUGEBAUER Fritz, Austria, EPP/CD
OLSSON Kent, Sweden, EPP/CD
O'REILLY Joseph, Ireland, EPP/CD
PUCHE RODRÍGUEZ-ACOSTA Gabino, Spain, EPP/CD
QUINTANILLA BARBA Carmen, Spain, EPP/CD
RACHOŃ Janusz, Poland, EPP/CD
TOSHEV Latchezar, Bulgaria, EPP/CD
VAREIKIS Egidijus, Lithuania, EPP/CD
WACH Piotr, Poland, EPP/CD
WILLE Paul, Belgium, ALDE
1 EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
SOC: Socialist Group
ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
EDG: European Democratic Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group