In December 2016, professor Asylbek Toktogulov, President of Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan, was awarded an honorary title “Teachers’ defender 2016” by the national magazine of science and pedagogy “Mugalim”. The award ceremony was held in the National Children and Youth Centre “Seytek” where the award was handed to Asylbek Toktogulov by Rahat Sulaymanova, chief editor of the magazine.

On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education published a study on the monitoring and assessment of migrant education in the European Union. The data was collected by means of a literature review and questionnaires completed by experts from education ministries in 27 EU countries. The report shows that most EU countries have established educational policies for immigrant children, however, these policies are often not monitored or assessed with regard to their adequacy.

After the European Parliament voted in favour of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, educators will continue to fight this treaty that threatens to erode public education. While the European Parliament endorsed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on 15 February, the agreement could face an uneasy road ahead when 38 national or regional Parliaments in the EU member states get to decide on its ratification.

A record number of 16,000 Finnish teachers and headmasters from different education levels came together in the frame of the OAJ’ Educa fair that took place on 27-28 January 2017, in Helsinki, Finland. This year, an independent  ethical panel working with Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö, OAJ, one of the ETUCE’s member organisations in Finland, initiated a teachers’ pledge entitled Comenius oath that emphasises fairness, equality, peace and the role of teachers: “This oath is aimed to enhance teachers’ status as well as to remind every teacher that the teaching profession is very important and includes several principals that we, as teachers, have to respect”, said OAJ President, Olli Luukkainen.

On 6-7 February 2017, the second open hearing on the 10 October 2015 bomb attacks, took place in Ankara, Turkey. The devastating suicide bombings amidst the rally “Labour, Democracy and Freedom” had caused 101 deaths and left more than 500 people injured. Among the victims were many trade unionists. Seven active members of EĞITIM-SEN lost their lives in the attack.

On 14 February 2017, 8,000 education personnel from all education levels gathered in the streets of Berlin together with other public services employees to demand, inter alia, a general increase in salaries of 6% and the establishment of a sixth pay grade for the salary groups 9 to 15. Rallies in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Hamburg were reported too.