Ralf Dahrendorf Round Table | Freedom of Choice – School Education across Europe

NEOS Lab - Das offene Labor für neue Politik, Neubaugasse 64-66, 1070 Wien, Österreich
08. Juni 2016, 13:00 Uhr

A truly free person is someone who is in charge of his or her own destiny. In the modern world, being free to pursue your dreams also means being free to pursue the kind of education you seek out. Education is the foundation of freedom, because with education comes self-determination. Educational freedom is not only important at the tertiary level, but even more so at elementary and secondary level. School systems, which allow children and their parents freedom of choice, are distinguished by diversity and innovation, key drivers of education. How have liberals gone about pursuing the goal of school choice, which boosts social mobility and individual freedom?

Lithuania has, with great results, experimented with a school voucher system. Sweden was one of the pioneers in allowing private schools to flourish and in Austria and Germany Liberals have been promoting education reform to allow more freedom. Join our discussion to learn from four different countries where liberals have plowed the way for freer education systems.


Welcome by

Josef Lentsch | Director, NEOS Lab

Discussion with

Gintaras Steponavicius | Former Minister of Education, Lithuania

Ulla Hamilton | Vice President Swedish Association of Independent Schools

Patrick Meinhardt | Head of FDP national committee on Education & Board Member FDP
Beate Meinl-Reisinger | Vice Chairwoman NEOS & Town Hall Whip NEOS Vienna, Austria

Moderated by Josef Lentsch | Director NEOS Lab, Austria

Working language English. The current program is available here as a download.
Organized by European Liberal Forum (ELF)


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