On 8 September 2015, ETUCE’s and EFFE’s joint project on social dialogue capacity building project continued with another successful round table meeting in Warsaw, Poland. ETUCE’s Polish member organisations ZNP and NSZZ “Solidarność” gathered around the table with representatives from the National Association of Management Staff in Education, the Joint Committee of the Government and Local Authorities and the Association of Polish Cities.

According to the news portal “Sputnik”, at the floral offering on 31 August  2015 for the writers in the Alley of Classics, a lady introduced herself as a university teacher and told the Prime Minister that she and her colleagues were starving to death due to the miserable wages. The news portal “Sputnik” informed that this recent incident provides significant evidence for the dire position of teachers in Moldova.

On 9 September the European Parliament has adopted its report on empowering girls through education in the EU. The report has been prepared by the Committee of Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and aims to promote equal opportunities in education. It not only highlights (occupational) gender segregation, but also the discrimination of LGBTI people and of people with disabilities.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has published a report on “the estimation of girls at risk of female genital mutilation in the European Union”. The report aims to implement a new methodological approach, which is tested with the three pilot countries, Portugal, Ireland and Sweden and proposes that it should be used in all other countries of the European Union.

The European research institute Eurydice has published the “Organisation of School time in Europe.” Teachers and pupils across Europe can now see the differences between the structure of the school year. The publication contains detailed information for the primary and secondary school of 36 European Countries about the distribution of holidays and the beginning and end of the school year. Furthermore the publication shows local and regional variations which exist in some countries and the variation of the summer holidays.

At the beginning of the school year, the ETUCE member organisations from Germany are raising awareness to the importance of integrating and including refugee children in schools. Every child has a right to education. Many teachers, wishing to engage in including refugee kids and young people, are often left on their own with this challenge.