Achievements and milestones in the history of effe - seeking a pathway towards new horizons
effe is based on the belief that education is at the core of social change. However such social change can only be beneficial if the education system is a free one. In 1989 people from a range of professional backgrounds and from different countries came to the conclusion that they could achieve more if they collaborated and cooperated internationally. Thus, effe was founded in Velence/Budapest in 1990.
69 people from 13 different countries participated in the first meeting. They came from Albania, Armenia, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Finland, Georgian Republic, East Germany (GDR), West Germany, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and UK. Within a few years effe grew into an international association of considerable size.
In April 1998 the European Forum for Freedom in Education was awarded a Theodor-Heuss-Medal during the celebration of the Theodor-Heuss-Awards. The motto of the event was “Looking for a New Ethos – Worldwide and at Home”. We were delighted with this recognition of our work.
There are three main reasons for effe's success to date:
1. People from a number of major and many smaller educational reform movements are working together for freedom in education under effe's umbrella. These people treat each other with tolerance and respect.
2. effe members have realised that education is one of the most important prerequisites for inner freedom and social responsibility, for a tolerant society and human development.
3. All members share the belief that free education can only be achieved if institutions are self-reliant and not bound by bureaucracy, economic constraints and political directives.
Publication of the “Atlas for the human right to education and freedom in education in the European countries”.
European Forum for Freedom in Education
Europäisches Forum für Freiheit im Bildungswesen
Le Forum Européen pour la Liberté dans l´Education