On 7-8 November 2018, the third case study visit of the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place in Belgium, organised with the support of ETUCE member organisation in Belgium, ACOD-Onderwijs, partner to this project. The visit aimed at identifying challenges, concrete solutions and joint social partners’ initiatives for effectively integrating migrants and refugees in education. ETUCE and EFEE representatives, the research expert accompanying the project and a project advisory group representative from Cyprus had the opportunity to familiarize with good practices and challenges in the Flemish education system regarding policies of inclusion and integration.

Following  the protest actions organised by trade unions early in October all over the country, the President of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (TUESWU), Georgiy Trukhanov, met with the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Pavlo Khobzei, in the buildings of the Ministry of Education on 1 November 2018.

ETUCE has become an official member of the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, with a view to particularly contribute to the Working group on Education. The coalition aims to increase the role of ICT and new technologies within education institutions to enhance innovative digital skills. Hence, this coalition is a crucial aspect for the education sector.

ETUCE and some of our member organisations participated in the European Commission’s consultation on EU funds in the area of migration.In general terms, the questionnaire results correspond to the ETUCE position: The three most important policy challenges identified for the EU programmes/funds under the migration policy area are: 1. "Ensuring solidarity with Member States facing the greatest migration pressure" (79.2% of respondents) 2. "Supporting the work of Member States to accept and integrate migrants into their society" (71.2% of respondents) 3. "Strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System" (70.3% of respondents).

The Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport launched its annual Education and Training Monitor at the European Commission, 17th October 2018. Given the sensitive and decisive political circumstances facing Europe, citizenship education was chosen as this year’s main focus.

Yesterday, on 8 November 2018 the Teachers Union of Serbia (TUS) signed its pledge as a commitment to contribute to the further implementation of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship, an initiative which celebrated yesterday its 5th year anniversary. The success of this initiative lies with the implementation of national commitments and the commitment of partners, notably through pledges by companies, social partners and stakeholders.