On 27 March 2019, the Council of Europe adopted its revolutionary Recommendation to member States on preventing and combating sexism, the first international instrument to formally define sexism.Recalling that gender stereotypes influence education, career and lifestyle choices and reinforce unequal power structures, such as the gender pay and pension gap, this Recommendation advises governments to take measures to prevent and combat sexism and its manifestation and encourages relevant stakeholders to implement effective legislation, policies and programmes.

On 11 April 2019 ETUCE member organisations in Serbia are going on a protest action in Belgrade.The action under the title “Is Preschool Education the Part of Education?” is aimed at contesting the Government’s decision to allocate only 7% of salary increase for teachers in early childhood education and care (ECE), while providing teachers and education personnel at other levels with  9% of salary increase as from 1 January 2019.

On 2 April 2019, ETUCE held in Berlin the third workshop in the joint ETUCE, EFEE (European Federation of Education Employers) and ESHA (European School Heads Association) project EU CONVINCE (EU Common Values Inclusive Education), supported by the German project partner, GEW.The main conclusions were that sufficient and up-to-date school infrastructure and equipment, as well as sufficient and relevant teacher training and technical support in the classroom are key to implementing education for digital democratic citizenship.

Cedefop has recently published its report Skills forecast: trends and challenges to 2030, which examines labour force trends in Europe, the implications for occupations, the qualifications and skills mismatch, and the job task content from now until the year 2030. A reduction in physical tasks and a rise in intellectual tasks is foreseen leading to expansion in areas such as management, professional and associate professional jobs, as well as in the food, retail and hospitality industries.

In recent years, the rise of migration and other socio-economic tendencies across Europe has changed the experience of education for students, teachers and parents, leading to the stronger ethnic, cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity in the classrooms. A recently published OECD paper on ‘The lives of teachers in diverse classrooms’, focuses on the challenges experienced by teachers who are working in diverse classrooms and their solutions.

The fourth EU Roma Week took place from 18-21 March 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The week was jointly orgnaised by several Members of the European Parliament as well as, the EU Commission and the UN Human Rights Office in Brussels and civil society organisations.Some of the Roma Week events included: A panel discussion on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a tool to support the fight against anti-Gypsyism and how to use the 2030 Agenda for Roma inclusion.