ETUCE, in partnership with EFEE (EU Federation of Education Employers) and ESHA (EU school heads association), is leading an EU-funded project on democratic citizenship and EU common values named ”EU CONVINCE”. In parallel to the online survey, aimed at gathering and analysing main challenges and good practices on how to deal with Citizenship related issues, the project partners have now released a joint statement on Education for Democratic Citizenship; a joint initiative on promoting inclusive education and EU shared values.

DG SANTE (the Directorate General for Health) of the European Commission is giving continuity to the Joint Action on Mental health and Well-being launched in 2013 resulting in the European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, which supports EU-countries to review their policies and share experiences in improving policy efficiency and effectiveness. The programme aims to:

An Erasmus+ initiative has been launched to extend Online Linguistic Support (OLS) to refugees. Erasmus+ OLS currently offers online language courses in EU official languages to higher education students, vocational education and training learners and young volunteers taking part through the Erasmus+ beneficiary institution or organisation. However, the European Commission has recently decided to extend this service to around 100,000 refugees over 3 years, on a voluntary basis and free of charge. ETUCE informs that this should be regarded only as a complementary effort to EU Member States to integrate refugees into Europe's education and training systems and ensure their skills development.

NASUWT, NEU, EiS and UCU, ETUCE member organisations in the UK have recently organised respective actions to demand for safe, secure and healthy workplaces for LGBTI teachers in the UK and LGBTI equality. The NASUWT LGBTI Conference, held on 26th June 2018, called for urgent action to secure equality for LGBTI teachers in schools and colleges, including action to: challenge bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools and colleges; secure compulsory LGBTI equality training for all staff in schools and colleges; campaign for greater accountability of employers to ensure a safe working environment for LGBTI teachers...

ETUCE organizes a public event on 19 September in Brussels, Belgium, from 9.00 – 13.00 in the premises of the International Trade Union House, The International Auditorium (1st floor), Boulevard Roi Albert II 5, 1210, Brussels. Educators in Europe are faced with challenges for the present and for the future, both at European and national level, in relation to changes in the labour market, teaching profession, and social dialogue. The public hearing aims to contribute to discussions on improving teaching and supporting teachers in the European Education Area 2025.

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is regularly publishing overviews covering refugees and migrants-related fundamental rights in Europe. This month’s overview has a section which focuses on the migrant education situation with a number of concrete examples in various countries. In general, the failure to get access to public education (i.e. to attend regular schools) due to obstacles in assessing skills and qualifications and language barriers were reported. In other cases, lack of advanced educational activities and extra-curricular activities were also mentioned.