EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality) has released its “Gender Equality Glossary and Thesaurus”, which provides definitions and sources for words and terms related to gender equality.

On 20-21 October 2016, ETUCE organised the third training seminar of the project “Investing in Education: Strengthening the involvement of teacher trade unions in the European Semester on education and training” in Rome, Italy. The training was organised with the support of one of the project partners from Italy, FLC-CGIL. The 1.5-day training seminar gave trade union representatives from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands the opportunity to discuss about the impact of the European Semester on national education and training reforms as well as investment and privatisation trends.

Speaking to journalists on the aircraft taking him back to Rome from the Caucasus region on Sunday 2 October 2016, Pope Francis blamed French schools for “teaching gender theory” as an attempt to “change mentalities” and as being part of a “global war” on traditional family values and marriage. Gender theory is commonly defined as the idea that people may be biologically male or female, but have the right to identify themselves as female, male, both or neither. Pope Francis further argued that the French curriculum was aimed at transforming boys into girls, which is opposed to the “natural order”.

The European Employment Policy Observatory (EEPO) of the European Commission recently published the synthesis “ Challenges in the Labour Market Integration of Asylum Seekers and Refugees”. Apart from legal and administrative, institutional and societal challenges refugees and asylum seekers are facing when attempting to integrate into the European labour market, the report deals rather deeply with education and qualification issues. Several types of problems have been identified.

Eurostat has recently published the 2016 edition of its report “Smarter, greener, more inclusive? – Indicators to support the Europe 2020 strategy”. For this yearly publication, the EU’s statistical office  examines how the EU member states have progressed in achieving the targets of the EU long term strategy for economic growth (EU2020). The report  also gives recommendations where further actions need to be taken. Having reached the midway of the this ten year period, this report presents various and detailed data around the areas of employment; research and development (R&D); advance in climate change and energy; education; and poverty.

On 10 October 2016, in response to the draft education reform which  Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) had proposed and which seemed to undermine  quality education, the teacher union Związek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego (ZNP), one of EI/ETUCE’s member organisations in Poland, organised teacher protests in 17 cities all over Poland, including in Warsaw.