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The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has launched a new version of the SELFIE tool to support digital teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies in EU schools and provide guidance on digital capabilities of schools. SELFIE, the Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies, is a part of the Digital Education Action Plan 2020 which was presented earlier this year. The SELFIE manual assists teachers in making the most of technology and encourages students to develop their skills for the digital society.

On 27 October 2018 the 9th Congress of the Educators and Scientists Free Trade Union of Georgia took place in Tbilisi. Amongst nearly 500 participants, official guests, including ETUCE President, Christine Blower, ETUCE European Director, Susan Flocken, ETUCE member organisations from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Denmark, Moldova, Belarus, Poland, Azerbaijan and other countries attended the Congress. The representatives of the highest state and political positions of the legislative and executive government as well as local self-government representatives also took part in the event.

On 7-8 November 2018, the third case study visit of the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place in Belgium, organised with the support of ETUCE member organisation in Belgium, ACOD-Onderwijs, partner to this project. The visit aimed at identifying challenges, concrete solutions and joint social partners’ initiatives for effectively integrating migrants and refugees in education. ETUCE and EFEE representatives, the research expert accompanying the project and a project advisory group representative from Cyprus had the opportunity to familiarize with good practices and challenges in the Flemish education system regarding policies of inclusion and integration.

Following  the protest actions organised by trade unions early in October all over the country, the President of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (TUESWU), Georgiy Trukhanov, met with the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Pavlo Khobzei, in the buildings of the Ministry of Education on 1 November 2018.

ETUCE has become an official member of the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, with a view to particularly contribute to the Working group on Education. The coalition aims to increase the role of ICT and new technologies within education institutions to enhance innovative digital skills. Hence, this coalition is a crucial aspect for the education sector.

ETUCE and some of our member organisations participated in the European Commission’s consultation on EU funds in the area of migration.In general terms, the questionnaire results correspond to the ETUCE position: The three most important policy challenges identified for the EU programmes/funds under the migration policy area are: 1. "Ensuring solidarity with Member States facing the greatest migration pressure" (79.2% of respondents) 2. "Supporting the work of Member States to accept and integrate migrants into their society" (71.2% of respondents) 3. "Strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System" (70.3% of respondents).