Gathering high-level representatives from education trade unions in Europe as well as representatives from different actors and civil society organisations working on education, ETUCE on 12 March 2019, held a hearing in the frame of its campaign “Shaping the future of Europe with teachers” in Brussels.

The European Commission has recently released its annual Erasmus report 2017, which gives an overview of the main activities under its three key actions (mobility, cooperation, and policy support) as well as the accomplishments of its Jean Monnet and sports programmes. 2017 was a particularly busy year in terms of student and staff mobility, with approximately 800,000 people benefiting from the Erasmus Programme. 

The ETUCE Committee meeting in Brussels on 11-12 March 2019 adopted the ETUCE campaign statement “Shape the future of Europe with teachers” in light of the European Parliament elections in May 2019 and the EI Global Response campaign with a view to raise awareness on and promote the attractiveness of the teaching profession.

The workshop “The whole-school approach as a tool to prevent radicalisation and extremism” took place in Paris on 5 March 2019 within the framework of joint ETUCE, EFEE (European Federation of Education Employers) and ESHA (European School Heads Association) project EU CONVINCE (EU Common Values Inclusive Education) and was organised with the support of the project’s partner in France, SNES-FSU.

Today, 8 March 2019, women across Europe, and around the world, are taking to the streets to mark International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme of this year’s campaign is #balanceforbetter, and focuses on the creation of a gender-balanced future where women are equally represented in the labour market and in positions of leadership. Likewise, UNWomen have chosen “think equal, build smart, innovate for change” for this year’s celebration, aimed at shedding light on innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.

On 6 and 7 March 2019, Egitim Sen organises international symposium “Education Trade Unions, Rights, Freedoms and Governance” in Ankara, Turkey.Around 25 representatives from member organisations, including from Cyprus, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Greece, the United Kingdom and the USA are to contribute to comprehensive discussions and share good practices on, among other things, education policies and governance.