What are you leading?
At the moment I am in the process of founding an organization, Framework Education, that will in the short run push EU wide cooperation with regard to education and in the long run work towards the establishment of an EU wide education system. I am, together with another 2014 Teach For Austria Alumni, the founder of this organization.
Right now, we are in the process of setting up the organization and securing its long term survival, promoting its idea, finding supporters and developing ideas and processes in order to enhance its scope and network. The next step will be to bring important stakeholders together and set up a coordinated approach in order to secure a process that will lead to an EU wide education system.
In the next few months we will launch our website, organize meetings with stakeholders and publish podcasts/videos/articles to our social media channels and website to create awareness and momentum for the need of a progressive and systemic EU wide approach to education and education policy.
How did your experiences as a fellow inspire or prepare you for what you’re doing now?
My experience as a fellow, teaching in class, raised my awareness for the urgent need to change the education system in a way that everyone, the students, teachers and society as a whole, benefit. Working at the same time in politics and getting more and more interested in how change processes and system leadership works, my point of view, that we need to think big, change the system systematically and radically, developed and deepened. Short term and peacemeal approaches that only fix immediate needs will not give us the results we are looking for. My work as a politician, my education at university and privately reading in depth into these topics, as well as my ongoing exchange with Teach For Austria (Fellows and Staff) and the training I got there inspired and prepared me to dare to think greatly and to now found Education Framework.
Next, we at Framework Education, will try to develop momentum and gather a group of likeminded stakeholders to think and do education and education policy on an EU wide level in a new and cooperative way. In my role as founder and politician I hope to inspire a process that leads to this new approach so that in a few years we will wonder, why and how we ever thought we could approach something as big as the education of the next generation in any other way than this modern, cooperative, EU wide and systematic way. This way, I hope to do my part in working towards the Teach for All vision that one day all children will get the best education.