The Eurydice network of the DG Education of the European Commission has now published its report on Citizenship Education at School in Europe. The important role of teachers is highlighted within the report, stating that “The training and support provided to them is [therefore] central to the effective implementation of citizenship education”. One of the main findings of the report is that in most European countries national curricula tend to be broad in scope in regards to the four competencies: Interacting effectively and constructively with others; thinking critically; acting in a socially responsible manner; and acting democratically.

On the occasion of the International Migrant Day (18 December), the European Commission released a  joint statement  together with the United Nations. The 2016 ETUCE resolution on ‘Education Trade Unions on the Refugee Situation in Europe: Promoting Education as the Key to  Integration and Inclusion’, affirms education as a fundamental human right. States ought to take the necessary measures to ensure the accessibility of primary, secondary and tertiary education, which comprises colleges and universities to ensure that migrants and refugees are integrated into mainstream education facilities and have access to all ordinary education schemes.

Today, 18 December 2017, on International Migrants Day, ETUCE is pleased to announce the kick-off of the joint ETUCE and EFEE project ‘European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education’. The project, co-funded by the European Commission, and carried out from 2017 to 2019, is a direct answer from education social partners to the crisis of migrants and refugees, and the ensuing deprivation of access to quality education for migrants and refugees.

On 7 December 2017, the Council of the EU adopted Council Conclusions on Enhanced measures to reduce horizontal gender segregation in education and employment. The Conclusions are based on the report ‘Gender segregation in education, training, and the labour market’ prepared by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) at the request of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. ETUCE had an opportunity to review and contribute to the EIGE report before it was presented to the Council.

At the end of September 2016, the planning of the cooperation project “Partnership on promoting education policy capacity, advocacy and school development in Georgia was launched with the Danish Upper Secondary School Teachers’ National Trade Union, GL visiting the offices of the Educators and Scientists Free Trade Union of Georgia, ESFTUG. The GL-ESFTUG Solidarity Project is implemented with the support of the Foreign Ministry of Denmark and the Civil Society Foundation in Development (CISU) since June 2017.

According to the results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) published in December 2017, students in the Russian Federation had the highest average reading achievement score (581) and more than one-fourth of its students reaching the PIRLS Advanced International Benchmark. Conducted every 5 years by IMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College, PIRLS is an international assessment of reading comprehension at the fourth grade in 50 countries world-wide.