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ETUCE stands in solidarity with DOE, in its fight for two-year public, free and compulsory early childhood education for children as of the age of 4. Citing the conclusions of the Council of the European Union on early childhood education and care, which were also adopted by the Ministry of Education of Greece in 2011, European Director, Susan Flocken, emphasised that "providing all children with the best start for the world of tomorrow, early childhood education has a positive influence on personal, social and learning progress of children.

According to the European Commission, the average hourly pay of women in Europe is 16.3% lower than that of men, with the biggest gap in Estonia (26.9%) and the smallest one in Italy and Luxembourg (5.5%). That means that today, November 3, women effectively stop earning for the rest of the 2017 compared to their male colleagues.

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.