Teachers and policy makers: shaping the future of education together

Since 1994, 5 October marks the World Teachers' Day, a day that commemorates their relentless efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The theme of this year is: "Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future".

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly challenged our education systems and teachers have proven to be the cornerstone of the future of education. From one day to another, many schools in Europe and all over the world had to embrace new technologies, online educational resources and emergency remote teaching which was not always easy.

European Schoolnet: bringing teachers and policy makers closer

This crisis has had many negative impacts on the educational community, but teachers have risen to the challenge. However, it is clear that teachers cannot shape the future of education alone. Policy makers and education stakeholders must continue supporting them teachers to make sure no one is left behind.

In this vein, the new European Education Area proposes a framework for cooperation with Member States and engagement with education stakeholders in order to make education and training systems truly fit for the digital age.

European Schoolnet, being the network of 34 European Ministries of Education, is fully committed to promote a strong cooperation between policy makers and school communities. Since our inception, we have been leaders in policy research in education, innovation in professional development and creation of accessible digital resources for both, teachers and policy makers.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued with our mission of transforming Education in Europe providing assistance to our Ministries of Education and ensuring that all of our projects reach as many schools as possible.

Despite the fact that the educational sector has been deeply affected by this crisis, it has also demonstrated its resilience and its capacity to adapt to unprecedented circumstances. However, it takes more than only teachers and school staff to protect education. We need everyone's efforts: policy makers, parents, industry partners and educational stakeholders. And today, commemorating World Teachers Day, European Schoolnet is determined to lead the way.