Fundació Jaume Bofill Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Thinking about future challenges of education in Catalonia

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Education: a right or a market?

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Joan Coscubiela

05/04/05 07.30 pm

Secretary-general of the Comissió Obrera Nacional de Catalunya (National Workers Union of Catalonia)

Audio (in Catalan)

The title of this talk raises two questions. The first question would be: Is education principally a human right geared to people's development and personal growth, or should it be mainly regarded as a product, as a service, as just another piece of merchandise serving the economy, the production model? Concurrently, a second question can also be posed, turning the perspective around: Is it possible to make education the foremost instrument for the development of people, of policies oriented to equality, of social cohesion; and, at the same time, one of the driving forces behind a model of the economy and of competitive, sustainable development?

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