• UK: Reform of the General Certificate of Secondary Education vs Well-being
    In the United-Kingdom, the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), the certificate ending secondary education in the UK, has been reformed since few years. The grading scheme of the qualification introduced in 1988, based on a scale from « A* » to « G », has been replaced in 2017 by a numerical scoring system from « 9 » to « 1 ». Hence, it has an additional highest grade, more difficult to get.
  • MGEN General Assembly: An attractive and connected mutual society
    On 10 and 11 July 2018 the MGEN group's annual General Assembly was held at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. A year after taking up their positions, the President Roland Berthilier and the CEO Isabelle Hébert took stock of the previous year and presented the Group’s future plans. They discussed the challenges that the mutualist movement has been facing for the last few years and the need to find solutions to new challenges in the sector.
  • The ESN welcomes seven new members !
    The ESN is expanding and welcomes seven new members from America, Africa and Europe, increasing the number of organisations under its umbrella to 37.
  • French ‘My Social and Solidarity Economy Enterprise at School’ programme enters its third year
    In France, the ESPER, a partner of the ESN, invites teachers and their pupils to create an entrepreneurial project with a social value, supporting them along the way. Launched in 2016, the ‘My Social and Solidarity Economy Enterprise at School’ initiative is aimed at secondary school and college pupils and has already involved 2500 young people and 200 education professionals throughout France. 
  • Pastille festival: films to promote health and solidarity
    ESSENTIEL, an international organisation that promotes access to healthcare for all, is holding its second Pastille film festival. Targeting young people, healthcare professionals and the general public, the association aims to raise awareness about health and solidarity by showing entertaining and educational movies. Nine films short-listed by the association under the categories ‘technological innovation’, ‘social innovation’ and ‘solidarity in health’, were voted on by a jury composed of...
  • Centrale des Syndicats du Québec: A congress in the name of action
    On 26 to 29 June, in Quebec, the Centrale des Syndicats du Québec (CSQ), a member of the ESN, held its 42nd Congress. In defending the interests of its 200,000 members, the CSQ campaigns for a fairer and more equitable society. The Congress, based on the theme “Our power, action!” was an opportunity to reaffirm the power of collective action. Bringing together over 1000 people from the CSQ's unions, this meeting was a chance to establish new strategies and priorities for the union in the next...
  • The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies in Estonia!
    Around one hundred mutualists met in Tallinn, Estonia, for the AIM General Assembly which took place on 20 to 22 June this year. The site was significant due to the fact that 10 years ago the Tallinn Charter was ratified by the WHO European states. They committed to “promoting shared values of solidarity, equity and participation” in order to contribute to “improving people’s health by strengthening health systems”.
  • Final countdown to launch of mutual society for education professionals in Burkina Faso
    Fourteen education unions in Burkina Faso took part in a technical workshop in Ouagadougou to prepare for the launch of the national mutual society for education professionals. The goal of the meetings was to move forward on several key points, including the healthcare basket offered by the future society and the management of its activities.
  • Empowering community health : an interview with NorWest Co-op
    The Education and Solidarity Network has spoken with Michelle Kirkbride who works as a community development coordinator and Mike Sadlowski who works in primary care as a kinesiologist and also in community development at NorWest Co-op community health center in Canada.   ESN : Can you tell us more about your organisation ?
  • Using photography for positive social change
    PhotoVoice is an award-winning charity that uses photography for positive social change. Working in partnership with other organisations, communities, it builds skills and capacity of under-represented and at-risk communities. At the same time, it offers marginalised communities an opportunity to share their perspectives and input into discussions that are often about them. Through their own images, our previous participants have shed light on issues such as climate change, HIV, disability,...