In the midst of the critical situation in Turkey which has a huge impact on the education sector, ETUCE member organisations have united and are making enormous efforts to support colleagues facing life and freedom threatening challenges every day. Acknowledging the hard work made in defence of concerned colleagues and their rights and freedoms, the ETUCE Secretariat interviewed those who continue to provide teachers and other education personnel in Turkey with often urgent assistance.

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the trial version of a new tool to support schools in using digital technologies (SELFIE). It stands for Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering Innovation through Educational Technology. The ´digitally-capable school´ approach intends to promotes digital-age learning following both a top-down and bottom-up method. ‘SELFIE’ is based on the Digitally-Competent Educational Organisations framework that offers a description of what it takes for educational organisations to be digitally competent. 

The main topics on the agenda were: the upcoming ETUCE 2018 Special Conference, Soidarity with Turkey, the Brexit, Economic Governance, European sectoral social dialogue, Digitisation and the renewed EU agenda for higher education.

On 10 October 2017, ETUCE marked World Mental Health Day by reiterating the need for action on mental health in the workplace, especially in schools and Universities, on issues such as the prevention and management of psychosocial risks and work-related stress for teachers and education personnel.

Following the year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus exchange programme, announced by the European Commission in 2017, ETUCE prepared a statement suggesting the ways to strengthen Erasmus in the future. The ETUCE Committee adopted the ETUCE statement on the  Erasmus programme on 23-24 October 2017.

In its meeting on 23-24 October, the ETUCE Committee adopted the ETUCE position on the European Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation on Tracking Graduates. The proposal suggests that each Member State should collect the same data about graduates, early drop-out and persons not in education, employment, or training (NEET) to  identify solutions regarding youth unemployment and to provide feedback to vocational education and higher education institutions.