31-10-2013

European educators unite for quality education

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EI's European region, the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), held a special meeting on 23 October in Brussels. Entitled "What is needed to improve the quality of education in Europe?", it brought together trade unionists from across Europe to reflect on challenges ahead and discuss measures to improve the quality of education within the region.

The meeting was chaired by ETUCE European Director Martin Rømer and moderated by ETUCE President and the General Secretary of UK’s National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower.

The EI/ETUCE initiative, Unite for Quality Education, was presented to participants by EI’s Deputy General Secretaries, David Edwards and Haldis Holst. They both emphasised the need for joining forces and mobilising during EI’s year of action to make free universal quality education a priority in political agendas worldwide.

Equitable and democratic education
Edwards highlighted the importance of the word ‘free’ versus ‘affordable’ and warned about global privatisation trends in education. “We want quality education that is equitable and democratic,” he stated.

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