Today, 5 October 2018, ETUCE, European Region of Education International is celebrating World Teachers’ Day. This year’s motto is "The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”.Indeed, in Europe, the question of qualifications and training is of big concern as qualified teachers are increasingly reporting that they do not feel adequately prepared or trained. They face many demands related, for example, to competence development, individual teaching approaches for recently arrived migrants and special needs children, and teaching with new technologies.

On 24 September, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Working Group on Education Higher Education and Research took place in Brussels. The meeting addressed the future of the Bologna Process, the usage of digital tools in modernising higher education, the importance of supportive working environments, the patterns of recruitment and retention of academic staff across Europe, and the future of funding for higher education given the new proposals for Erasmus+, Horizon Europe and University-Business Partnerships.

On 27-28 November 2018, ETUCE, the European Trade Union Committee for Education, is going to open the doors of its Special Conference, kicking off important discussions among 300 representatives from 132 education trade unions across 51 European countries to discuss the role of education trade unions in shaping the future of Europe.

From the 26-28 September 2018, the second case-study visit of the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place in Serbia, which was organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation in Serbia, Teacher Union of Serbia (TUS), a partner to the project. The visit aimed at identifying challenges, concrete solutions and joint social partners’ initiatives put in place to effectively integrate migrants and refugees in education.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has issued on request of the European Parliament an opinion on the Digital Gender Gap. ETUCE provided its views on the content of the opinion.The EESC states that a multidisciplinary approach is required to tackle the causes of the digital gender gap, and that this issue is an economic, social and cultural one. It advises that ICT be used to promote democracy and that soft skills be considered a crucial element of digital education. 

Last Saturday, on 22 September 2018, All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) to which one of the ETUCE member organisations in Poland, ZNP, is affiliated, organised in Warsaw the demonstration “Poland Needs a Pay Rise” as a part of the European Campaign “Europe needs a Pay Rise”. Among other things, the main demands of the demonstration were: