Europe’s learners and education personnel are becoming more diverse. The project “Education Trade Unions and Inclusive Schools: Embracing Diversity in Education” is building capacity so that education trade unions can prepare their members to address the many forms of diversity they encounter in the classroom and in society: socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic and more. ETUCE and member organisations aim to support education personnel in creating inclusive learning environments where every student and teacher can achieve their full potential.

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  • Manos Androulakis DOE Greece
  • Alison Gilliland INTO Ireland
  • Conceiçao Nunes SINDEP Portugal
  • Alexandra Cornea FSLI Romania
  • Lyhykäinen Päivi OAJ Finland
  • Igor Radeka IURHEEC Croatia

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This project is funded with support from the European Commission.

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Starting from December 2020, ETUCE member organisations will carry out a series of coordinated European and national action days to highlight key dates regarding equality and inclusion. These will raise awareness about the professional needs of teachers, academics and other education personnel when it comes to addressing diversity in the classroom and in society. The actions will target education authorities and wider society, demanding support for teachers, academics and other education personnel in creating inclusive learning environments.

Actions are foreseen for the following occasions:

  • 3rd December 2020 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 18th December 2020 – International Migrants Day
  • 8th March 2021 – International Women’s Day
  • 17th May 2021 - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  • 5th October 2021 – World Teacher’s Day

All member organisations are kindly invited to propose their actions in advance by reaching out to Ekaterina Efimenko:
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Education Trade Union Actions - 18 December 2020, International Migrants Day

EIS, UK

On the International Migrants Day, the EIS will send out a few tweets signposting our members to some resources that have been created by EIS that focus on migrant rights and inclusion:

  • A teaching pack based on a poem called ‘The Tale o’ the Glasgow Girls’ which tells the story of the very successful campaign against the detention of child asylum seekers in Scotland . The pack is beautifully illustrated and includes a variety of learning activities that support the exploration of issues related to asylum, refugees and social justice. It can be accessed here: The Tale o' the Glasgow Girls (eis.org.uk)
  • A series of booklets for teachers wishing to explore migrant issues with their students. Called ‘Myths of Immigration’ they debunk the myths and misinformation that surround the topic and provide a range of ideas and resources to support teaching and learning from Early Years to Further Education, in this area. They can be accessed here: Myths of Immigration Booklets (eis.org.uk)
  • Highlighting an aspect of the EIS’s commitment to refugee and migrant inclusion so far this season: the distribution of more than 1100 Welcome Packs to refugee and migrant children across Scotland which outline what they can expect from life and education within Scotland and their associated rights. In addition to the attractively illustrated, age and stage appropriate information booklets for children and young people, the packs contain a guide for parents, versions of which are available in English, French, Polish and Arabic. The packs also contain items of stationery gifted by the EIS/ EIS Financial Services. The Welcome Packs can be accessed here: Refugee and Migrant Welcome Packs (eis.org.uk)

TUESWRT, Tajikistan

On the International Day of Migration, the Trade Union of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan is holding the following events:

  • Development of an action plan for the International Migration Day:
  • Publication of campaign materials on international migration;
  • Monitoring of family members of education and science workers during labor migration abroad:
  • Creation of a corner "What should a migrant know?"
  • Basic principles of migration regulation
  • Ensuring human rights to freedom of choice of place of residence, freedom of labor, freedom of choice of profession and profession, freedom of emigration, freedom of movement;
  • Inadmissibility of any restriction of rights on the basis of nationality, race, sex, language, religion, political status, education, social and legal status and property;
  • Participation of the relevant state bodies in the organization of migration processes;
  • Personal participation of migrants in resettlement to a new place of residence with the support of the state title of initiative and amateurism of each person, primarily those resettled from the zones of environmental and natural disasters;
  • Explanatory work among members of trade unions is carried out within the framework of the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan "On migration".
  • Also, on the social media of TUESWRT there will be a campaign dedicated to the International Day of Migration.

Please find more information on migration issues in education in Tajikistan here

ESTUS, Slovenia

ESTUS commemorates the International Migrants Day by thematic publications on its website and social media, including a short interview with a headteacher with a migrant background.The union is also planing to make a call to the Slovenian Ministry of Educationa to raise awareness of the major challenges faced by migrant children and their families at distance learning.  ESTUS also foresees to organise a working group for members who work with migrant children where they could share their experiences  and discsuss various issues.

Please find more information here: www.sviz.si

SNES-FSU and SNUipp, France

On the International Migrants Day, SNES-FSU and SNUipp are joining the FSU, French united trade union federation, in organising demonstrations and trade union actions all over France for the rights of migrants. A communiqué is also being published and signed by various trade unions and civil society organisation denouncing the context of nationalism, racism and xenophobia which present migration as a ‘problem’ and link it to terrorism. Among other demands, it calls for implementation of equal rights for all residents of France regardless of their citizenship status, and for the proper application of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Please find the full text of the Communiqué in English here

GEW, Germany

On International Day of Migrants, GEW promotes messages on inclusive schools and fight against discrimination towards migrants in education delivered by GEW President Marlis Tepe and Juri Haas, a primary school teacher and leadership team member of GEW federal committee on migration, antidiscrimination and diversity. GEW also prepared an article linked to a debate on language diversity in schools to be published by the Scientific Council for Migration. The article underlines that the recognition of migration-related diversity and the reduction of discrimination are both a prerequisite and a goal of inclusive education. GEW calls upon politicians to recognise migration as normality and demands the governments:

  • not to undermine the right of asylum
  • to safeguard and protect the participation of refugees in education
  • to invest in education and not in armaments to improve the sustainable development
  • to provide sufficient resources and support systems for the intercultural opening of educational institutions

Please find more information here: https://www.gew.de/migration

UIL SCUOLA, Italy

On the International Migrants Day, UIL SCUOLA promotes the booklet ‘Refugees and Migrants. How to enrol at school in Italy’, published by UILSCUOLA and UIL-ITAL to provide an easy-to-use tool to address, at least in part, the difficulties of migrants and refugees who come in contact with educational institutions. The booklet translated into Arabic, Chinese, English and French, provides a series of recommendations from the moment the child (and not only) must be enrolled at school.

Please find more information here: https://uilscuola.it/vademecum-uil-scuola-strumento-di-conoscenza-e-diritti-nella-giornata-internazionale-dei-migranti/

Education Trade Union Actions - 3 December 2020, International Day of Persons with Disabilities

VBE, Germany

VBE published the results of the national FORSA survey on inclusion of students with special educational needs in German schools to which more than 2000 teachers took part. The FORSA survey analyses the state of the art of inclusion and the progress made from 2015 in German schools, also accounting the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find more information here

ZPŠaV NKOS, Slovakia

The Union of Education and Science Workers of the Independent Christian Trade Unions of Slovakia organised an online seminar ‘Preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) with ergonomics. Social partners cooperation for reduction of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.’ The event focused on the EU-OSHA 2020-22 campaign on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, new safety and health issues which emerge as the world of work changes, the role of occupational therapy in preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, and experience of social partners in implementation of preventive measures.

Find more information here

FSLI, Romania

On December 3, FSLI launches a new training course online on Teaching Methods for students with SEN in the framework of MAGIC SENS Project developed by FSLI under Erasmus+ framework. A toolkit on this subject is also printed and will be available in English, Italian, Greek and Romanian. Furthermore, FSLI celebrated the Dyslexia Awareness Week 2020 by participating in a webinar "Dyslexia does not discriminate" organized by the Ilfov Teaching Staff House. Experts in MAGIC SENS Project presented the project and the online course and answered at numerous questions from teachers, parents and civil society representatives who participated in the webinar.

Link to the online course

Link to the seminar (only in Romanian)

NEU, UK

For the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, NEU has developed a new disability reading resource for primary and early years education. The Full Story helps to promote disability inclusion and good outcomes for children and young people through reading about the world around us.  This resource uses the social model of disability, recognising that it is society that needs to be adapted, not disabled people.

You can find the resource here

FLESTU, Lithuania

The Federation of Lithuanian Education and Science Trade Unions takes part in the ECO-IN project to improve inclusive education policies and practices from primary to lower secondary schools. With the aim of reducing social exclusion and marginalisation, the ECO-IN project involves all the main educational stakeholders - such as teachers, school heads, educational staff, parents and public authorities – and provides them with specific training and supporting actions to concretely act as teamwork combating segregation and radicalisation, thus enabling more qualitative and quantitative measures to implement, monitor and assess inclusiveness at school.

Find more information here

EIS, UK

On the 3rd of December, Education Institution of Scotland (EIS) is raising awareness by supporting a Scottish Trade Union Council (STUC) Disabled Workers’ Committee webinar for Disability History Month that focuses on Access ‘How far have we come, how far do we have to go?. EIS is also highlighting an online event on the 19th of January, a networking opportunity for disabled EIS members or those who have access or communication difficulties. The meeting will be an opportunity to network, discuss support and share good practice. It aims to identify the current needs of EIS disabled members to inform the next steps in the EIS Equality Committee’s work in this regard.

GEW, Germany

On the 2nd of December, GEW is organising an online conference ‘Digitalisation between participation and division’ linked to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The focus of the meeting is on digitalisation, inclusion and participation and it will include the discussion with various experts from the research and trade unions.

Find more information here

KTOS and KTOEOS, Cyprus3rd December 2020

On the 3rd of December, KTOS and KTOEOS, sister education trade unions in Cyprus, are organizing a joint demonstration in front of the parliament to protest the insufficient policies of the government that cause inequality and discrimination among students. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the education sector experienced the most challenging year and the main impact was targeted at socio-economically disadvantaged groups and also the students with disabilities. Especially the students with disabilities and their parents were affected negatively since no policies and solutions are put forward to help those who are not able to reach free and quality education during pandemic.

ITU, Israel

The General Secretary of Israel Teacher Union, Yaffa Ben David, has issued a message concerning the continuing struggle of ITU to assure the rights of children with disabilities in light of the new reform striving to integrate these children in regular education without accompanying this change with enough resources for a successful integration. A message by the General Secretary to all members was published in ITU's Website and social media.

Find here the translation of this message from Hebrew.