Education trade unions, education employers, and school leaders have a key role in promoting democratic citizenship and social inclusion in diverse educational contexts and learning environments. This emphasis on the importance of citizenship education and social inclusion was highlighted in the first training workshop of the joint ETUCE, EFEE (European Federation of Education Employers) and ESHA (European School Heads Association) project EU CONVINCE (EU Common Values Inclusive Education), which took place in Rome on 31st January 2019.

SBASHK, ETUCE member organisation in Kosovo, reports about the Parliament vote on the Salary Bill which was strongly criticised by the education trade union and its affiliates and which is expected to be held on 31 January 2019, despite a large-scale protest action in Kosovo.

Recognizing the changing environment and political context in which teachers and other education personnel work, on 17 January 2019, ETUCE has kicked-off a new two-year project: “YOUR TURN! Teachers for trade union renewal”. During the project lifetime (2019 and 2020) all education trade unions across Europe are to meet and to exchange on what is needed so that all education personnel, especially those who are under-represented or most marginalized, are aware of and supported in their right to organise.

The Joint Research Centre recently published a report on Innovating Professional Development in Compulsory Education, the first part of a study which is designed to analyse practises aimed at improving teacher professional development.This study, which comprises both desk research and a series of interviews, is based on thirty case studies which outline different professional development practices in European countries, including an example from the United States of America. The second part of this study, in which the main analysis will be reported, is to be published in 2019.

24th January 2019 marks the first ever International Day of Education. Following the UN adoption of Resolution 73/25, this date will become the annual celebration of the role of education in peace and development. For this reason, the UN invites all its Members States and agencies, as well as NGOs, academic institutions, the private sector, individuals, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to observe this day.

Today, representatives of VBE from the state branches of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Sachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and other states joined national public services trade unions and confederations in protests in front of the representation of the state of Baden-Württemberg in Berlin. VBE, in partnership with the dbb Beamtenbund und Tarifunion (civil service association), on 20 December 2018, put forward the following claims for the 2019 collective bargaining with the employer association (TdL) of German Länder and the state of Hesse