Fences and walls, detention camps, attacks on NGOs rescuing the lives of those attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in the desperate search for a better life, and inhuman behaviours against migrants and refugees fleeing wars, persecutions and starvation are only some of the events which are worryingly multiplying in today’s Europe. Every day, tirelessly, with commitment and determination, teachers and their unions are at the forefront of the struggle for ensuring all children an educational experience which is meaningful and of a high quality, challenging fears, prejudices, racism and xenophobia, while fostering inclusion and acceptance from the classroom.

World Refugee Day is held every year on 20 June to raise awareness on xxxx. Indeed, access to safe and inclusive learning and working environments are crucial for socio-economic and emotional well-being of refugees and people of a migrant background. In particular, the importance of recognition of refugees’ qualifications is highlighted by the Council of Europe which organises a live debate on the role of education in supporting refugees’ integration.

The mobilisation of 17 June, on the first day of the Baccalaureate written exams, was a real success, both in terms of number of strikers and in terms of number of people joining the rallies, which made it possible to maintain opposition to the ongoing reforms and low wages in France, reported SNES-FSU.

From 10 to 21 June 2019, the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. Once a year this conference brings together government, worker and employer representatives of the ILO member States Amongst the Education International (EI) delegation are European member organisations from France, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

EuroPride 2019, the biggest European event celebrating equal rights, is taking place between 1-16 June 2019, located in Vienna, Austria. EuroPride is organised by the European LGBTI community and occurs in different cities each year with the attendants of many visitors across the continent. This year’s moto “together & proud”, is a reflection of unity and solidarity in the fight for equal rights, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the modern LGBTI movement (since Stonewall riots). A series of events will be taking place across the continent to celebrate diversity in unison, such as the following:

FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2019, published on 6 June 2019, addresses the issues of rising inequalities, harassment and prejudices across Europe. The fundamental rights of many individuals within the EU is at risk despite considerable progress to combat it. This year, the Fundamental Rights Report highlights the success and failures of human rights protection within the past year in Europe.