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pursuant to Rule 120 of the Rules of Procedure

on the Leonardo project for children with Down syndrome

Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris

European Parliament resolution on the Leonardo project for children with Down syndrome  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas Member States have a duty to provide access to education and whereas the EU has a key role to play in building the European higher education area;

B.  whereas the purpose of education is to offer a learning environment accessible to all without discrimination;

C. whereas one of the specific aims of the Leonardo project is to encourage more people – of all ages – to participate in lifelong learning, and that includes those who have special needs or belong to disadvantaged groups;

D. whereas guidance and training opportunities for children with Down syndrome pose complex problems and are often lacking, with the result that children drop out of schooling without moving on to vocational training;

E.  whereas Down syndrome is one of the most common causes of intellectual disability and whereas encouraging learning and training therefore has to be a constant focus for the efforts of family members and institutions alike;

1.  Calls on the Commission to propose that a proportion of Leonardo funding be earmarked exclusively for children with Down syndrome in order to support them when they travel beyond the confines of their home country and enable them to be assisted by professionals with the expertise to cope with their needs and medical disorders.

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