Education by all for the well-being of children

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Founded in 2004, The Universal Education Foundation (UEF) aims at education by all for the well-being of children. It supports initiatives and partnerships to inspire people and make them more attentive to the voices and initiatives of children and young people.

For this reason, it has created an international forum on Learning for Well-being, which brings together actors from industry, government and civil society and promotes a process-oriented approach to life, to achieve a shift of mind-set that will place the well-being of children at the centre of the education and health reform agendas.


It promotes four perspectives, through which an active experience of well-being is achieved, seven principles, and nine cultivating core practices, which could be adopted as a solid foundation for all life activities, since they underpin the development of key competences and skills for lifelong learning. In a broader sense, this is what young people need for living and achieving their personal fulfilment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment in society.

The Learning for Well-being forum also supports CATS (Children as Actors for Transforming Society), which is an international learning community of children, young people and adults who collaborate to explore and improve ways in which children participate in decisions impacting their lives. This model aims to transform attitudes of children, and towards children, so they are seen, heard and engaged in their environments – from local to global. The programme’s flagship event – CATS Global Forum – is co-planned, co-led, and co-evaluated with children from all over the world. In 2017, it will take place in Switzerland from 29 July to 4 August.

The Foundation also supports activities like Children’s Day. In November 2015 children from different European countries went to the European Parliament in Brussels to ask for the attention of decision-makers and to participate in the decision-making process.

If you would like to learn more, have a look at the Learning for Well-being Magazine, which includes contributions from a range of experts from different disciplines and countries and therefore manages to present many differing perspectives.