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  • 2nd December 2019 - 15:40 GMT

CESI: Trade Council ‘Education, Training and Research’ on how to raise the voice of teachers

At its annual meeting in Brussels, CESI’s internal members’ Trade Council committee ‘Education’ (EDUC) continued the discussion around the role of teachers in the European Education Area: how to better support them and strive to gain back the appropriate respect and appreciation for the profession.

According to the 2019 European Education Monitor, (only) 18% of teachers think that society values their profession, while at the same time 77% of teachers would still choose to work as teachers.

This edition of the monitor is focused on teachers and was presented in its main findings to the members of CESI Trade council EDUC by Bartek Lessaer of the European Commission DG EAC, followed by the presentation of Eurydice Network most report on teachers’ and school heads’ salaries and allowances in Europe by Sonia Piedrafita-Tremosa. Both publications aroused a lively discussion and confirmed once again the good timing of CESI Manifesto for the Teaching profession, which was officially presented to EDUC members. Following the publication of the manifesto in five languages, with the support of the European Commission through a Union grant, CESI secretariat has been working and will continue to work on its dissemination at European level, promoting it towards the new European Parliament and Commission.

As a trade union organisation representing numerous teacher trade unions from across Europe, support for the teaching profession has been a long-standing topic of concern of CESI. Now even more than ever through its Manifesto, which can be summarized into nine main key demands for teachers, including professional stability (#NoPrecariousWork), decent remuneration, basic minimum conditions for professional practice (including #NoViolenceAtWork), the provision of high quality initial and further training opportunities (including on digital skills) and the involvement of teachers in decision-making procedures.

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