Teachers in Latvia are highly qualified and dedicated professionals, but they earn much less that the Latvian average. The Cabinet agreed to deliver a fair salary increase in 2018, but the current draft of the 2020 budget does not provide funding to implement this pay rise. Decent salaries are vital if Latvia wants an attractive teaching profession which attracts and retains talented staff.

An opinion from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) emphasised the need to strengthen citizens' knowledge and understanding of EU history and culture, fundamental values and rights, core principles and decisions, and the decision-making processes at EU level.

How can Europe best combat antigypsyism and discrimination against Roma people in education, employment and housing? The European Commission’s Report on the implementation of national Roma integration strategies finds that the most effective strategies prioritise prevention and early intervention. ETUCE calls for clearer data on public funding, because schools will need money and teachers will need training if Europe really wants to dismantle structural antigypsyism and keep Roma children in education.

Every year, on 5 October, we celebrate teachers and thank them for their hard work and positive impact. The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2019 is “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession”. Newly-trained teachers deserve a special focus because they are particularly vulnerable to the risks for teachers’ wellbeing, which include stress, work overload and violence. Our new Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools help schools assess workplace hazards and establish an action plan. 

The European Education Summit is the European Commission’s flagship event on education issues. This year’s edition was only the second. It took place in Brussels on 26 September under the slogan “Teachers first: excellence and prestige for the European Education Area”. An ETUCE delegation made sure our viewpoints were heard

The European Commission has published the 8th Education and Training Monitor, which was presented by European Commissioner for Education Tibor Navracsics at the 2nd European Education Summit. The report reveals that (pre-)primary and tertiary education are getting more funding, while secondary schools face cuts. Approximately a third of the EU’s 5.7 million teachers are 50 or older.