European Schoolnet, the Brussels based network of 31 European Ministries of Education, is about to launch two new courses this April, one focusing on the creative use of tablets in schools and the other on tools and resources primary teachers can use to teach computing. Having reached close to 10, 000 teachers with the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), the feedback that the European Network had received was overall positive and highlighted the significant lack in many countries for these types of professional development opportunities.

The Education and Science Trade Union of Moldova (ESTU) held their Congress on 5 March 2015 in Chisinau. The Union organises teachers and students from all levels of education. High on the agenda were issues on education reform and better salaries and working conditions for teachers. The salary of a teacher in Moldova is amongst the lowest in Europe; however the union's constant fight resulted in an increase of salary by 20 % last autumn and ESTU continues fighting for a bigger increase. An average teacher earns around 200 to 250 USD per month.

Trade unions in Europe are continuously pushing for further achievements on gender equality in working life. What can be done to strengthen this progress and what are the benefits of gender mainstreaming? The training seminar will look into these questions and compare national experience on gender perspectives in trade unions. In plenary discussions and working groups, topics such as the impact of the economic crisis on gender mainstreaming at the workplace will be addressed.

The European Commission (EC) has now completed and published its update report on the state of industrial relations in Europe. The report is published every two years and offers a broad overview of major social dialogue developments at cross-industry and sectoral level. The latest report places special emphasis on several topics of significance to the work of the European social partners.  Just like the previous report, the new report looks at the impacts of the economic crisis on industrial relations and social dialogue and in particular on the wage bargaining systems.

The European Banking Federation (EBF) launches the European Money Week to promote the idea of financial education in elementary and secondary schools in Europe. Member banks of EBF launch events, such as school lessons and games for children to teach them a responsible financial management. The projects take place in different member states of the European Union, like Italy, France and Spain.

All classes from secondary schools in Europe can register for the contest on the Consumer Classroom Inter-Competition, until 24 April 2015. The idea of the competition is to cooperate with a European partner schools and to discuss about safe handling of digital content. The two classes will debate about problems on the agreed topic and compare the results with each other. Finally, they will present their ideas on an interactive tool, such as a website.