It has just gone midday. The three thematic workshops (on the basis of social inclusion, on education as access to the labour market, and on education as a fundamental right) are now well under way. I have been wandering between them, listening in on the debates, and I have gathered a few snippets and soundbites to give a flavour of the discussions. Luigi Berlinguer (MEP); ‘it’s not just a matter of access to education, but access to the success that education should bring.’ Mostafa el Ayoubi (Editor in chief of ‘Rivista Confronti – Education in the Mosques’); ‘we need a European education policy because national education policies change with each change of government.’ Charlotte Gruber (President of the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises); ‘social integration enterprises are a vital part of our social fabric but many remain largely invisible because they lie between the social and the economic.’ Also, by the same speaker; ‘because so many social integration enterprises are not entirely economically viable and rely heavily on creativity and voluntary work, they have fared better in the economic crisis than might have been expected.’ Cesare Moreno (President of the Association ‘Teachers of the Street’ – a Neapolitan organisation working to reintegrate street children and school dropouts); ‘during the war there were formal armies but there was also the resistance. In Naples, a heavily bombed city, there was a sense of resistance against the hardships that bombardment brought. In the same way, in education, in our societies, we need to complement formal education and formal processes with popular resistance.’