The Eurydice article Does It Matter if Men Don't Teach?, published 17th September 2018, presents some well-known facts: only 15% of primary school teachers in Europe are men and just 25% of lecturing positions are held by women in European universities. Few men work in Early Childhood Education and primary and secondary schools characterised by low salaries and lack of prestige. Indeed, this epitomises the issue of undervalued work, that is considered unattractive and underpaid in a sector where the highest percentage of employees are women.

The EU Code week between the 6th-21st October, is a grassroot initiative focusing on using fun and engaging measures for everyone including teachers, students and the elderly, to gain coding and digital literacy skills. This week is aimed at expanding one’s knowledge on how technology works and to develop the relevant skills to formulate new innovative ideas. Ways to get involved in this week are: to organise an activity to motivate others, joining an activity or through spreading the word so that others can learn more about Code Week.

Today, 11 October 2018, together with different stakeholders partners of the Platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Goals (SDGs) in the EU, ETUCE has addressed the present and future leaders of the European Commission and other EU institutions, all players having a strong stake in people’s sustainable living, and in the environmental, social, economic and governance developments of Europe, to develop and to implement a visionary and ambitious Strategy for a Sustainable Europe by 2030.

On 30 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for establishing “Erasmus” 2021-2027: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. This new proposal will be the successor of the present Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020, focusing on all education sectors. The programme’s beneficiaries will be school pupils, higher education students, trainees, teachers, trainers, youth workers, sports coaches, and also learners in vocational education and training and adult learning staff.

In the run-up to the demonstration organised by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) on 27 October 2018 in Glasgow, the union has been running its pay campaign – Value Education, Value Teachers- which includes the pay claim for a 10% pay raise.Against the backdrop that 2018 has seen a surge in teachers over 45 leaving early and that 40% of Scotland’s teachers are considering leaving the profession early according to Bath Spa University research, EIS calls on the government to invest in education as an investment in young people.

The 10 October 2018 is marked as the International Day for Mental Health by the World Health Organisation. In our changing world, young people and those within the early years of adulthood, experience many rapid changes such as starting university or a new job. These changes can create stress which in turn could lead to mental illnesses arising. The increasing use of social media whilst has many benefits, can also contribute to this additional stress for many individuals. Statistics reveal that half of all mental illnesses start by the age of 14 with depression being the third leading cause of mental illnesses.