Weekly Roundup


As one of the most discriminated people in Europe – the Romani – just celebrated the International Romani day on April 8th, the European Economic and Social Committee is inviting everyone to a public hearing on “Equal treatment, equality bodies and other possible means of redress for Roma”. Many Roma remain on the fringes of mainstream European society. The event will allow for the exchange of best practices on how Roma can address violations of their rights.

The hearing will take place at EESC, Room VMA 3, Rue Van Maerlant, 2, 1040 Brussels on Friday 19 May 2017: 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

In the meantime, it is important for each of us to become aware of and actively do our own learning about this subject, helping us to understand how we fit into the larger, institutionalised system of oppression and exclusion.



Fresh insights into Europe’s policy and practice in school education: short news articles, a calendar of events, and a collection of Good Practices from European projects and classrooms. You can find all this and more in School Education Gateway, which is celebrating more than 30,000 registered users. Since its launch on October 19th, 2016 the site has seen an impressive user growth of 50% in less than 6 months.

The School Education Gateway is a single point of entry and is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. Presented in 23 European languages the platform allows teachers, school leaders, policy makers, experts and other professionals in the school education field share and explore sources of Europe’s expert opinions and ideas in school education provided through articles and interviews. You can also take part in periodic short polls on intriguing topics and voice your opinion.

Each month School Education Gateway focuses on a specific topic, such as media literacy, gender and identity, language learning, schools of the future and more. The topics are also linked to the European Commission policy priorities for schools.



The European Commission is asking school pupils, staff, VET schools learners, VET schools staff, Higher education learners, staff, adult learning staff, young people and staff in youth and sports organisations to join in and fill out an online survey on the impacts of international mobility and cooperation in the areas of education and training, youth and sport. Those who did not participate in any mobility (yet) are also welcome to help measure the difference the programme Erasmus+ is making for learners and staff.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and all views are extremely important to measure the difference the Erasmus+ programme is making and help improve it. The questionnaire will be available until 24th April 2017.



The members of Erasmus Student Network are meeting for the Annual General Meeting from 20th to 24th of April in Berlin, Germany. It is the most important and largest ESN event and the organisation is making it even bigger this year by including a celebration for the 30 years of Erasmus anniversary. A panel with the topic “Strangers to Friends: Thirty Decades of Erasmus” will be open to the public. The panel will be free for discussions such as the reasons for the success of Erasmus and the expectations of students regarding its future. You can also join a colourful flag parade, a mobility fair featuring hundreds of European universities and more as Berlin turn into “Capital of Erasmus” for four days.


Prepared by Simona Varankaite

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