On 18 February, the President of the UN General Assembly, John William Ashe, launched a Global Partnership on Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, facilitated by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. This will highlight youth priorities and give young people a chance to voice their own visions for the post-2015 agenda. Through an inclusive platform, young people will formulate concrete ideas that can be proposed for the inter-governmental deliberations.
Public university lecturers and non-teaching staff have threatened to go on strike in two weeks’ time in Kenya. Led by union officials from the Universities’ Academic Staff Union (UASU), an EI national affiliate, as well as members of the Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU), they have urged the Government to order universities to release the money which is owed to staff, i.e. 3.9 billion Kenyan shilling (around 39,000,000 euros).
EI has released its statement to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2014 on 8th March. EI affiliates are encouraged to use this statement in their own IWD communications and in connection with EI’s global campaign Unite for Quality Education.
At Education International’s (EI) North America and Caribbean Regional Conference, held in Montego Bay on 24-26 February, Ms. Georgia Waugh Richards from the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) suggested that in Caribbean countries “gender streaming” in education may help improve the performance of boys, who are lagging behind girls in school achievement. Ms. Richards’s suggestion stirred a lively debate among the 120 participants representing member unions in 24 countries.
Education International is the voice of teachers and other education employees across the globe. A federation of 401 associations and unions in 171 countries and territories, it represents some 30 million educators in education institutions from early childhood to university.