On the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day (5th October 2017), UESCK-SBASHK, ETUCE member organisation in Kosovo, organised several events to commemorate the teaching profession both in Kosovo and worldwide. A thematic conference entitled "Teaching in freedom, empowering teachers" gathered around 163 representatives from education trade unions from across the country. Inter alia, representatives from the Confederation of Trade Union of Kosovo, trade union activists from the Kosovar and Albanian federations as well as representatives from the Parent Council of Kosovo. The delegation of government officials was headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Prof. Dr. Enver Hoxhaj.

Opening the conference, UESCK-SBASHK President, Rrahman Jasharaj highlighted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Higher Education Personnel and that the 1997 Recommendation complements the UNESCO/ILO 1966 Recommendation on the Status of Teachers. He conveyed greetings and gratitude to EI/ETUCE for its continuous support.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the conference guests stressed the education trade union’s commitment and active engagement in increasing the quality of education and preserving the profession.

The Conference received wide media attention.