Ei-iE

Union renewal and development

We bring together our member organisations to discuss and share experiences, good practices and ideas on responding to collective challenges. Together we are building the education unions of the future: mass participation organisations that reflect the diverse interests and identities of their members and offer educators a multitude of ways to engage and contribute.

Our work in this area

  1. News 11 June 2020

    Education International’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund is operational

    Education International has launched a COVID-19 Solidarity Fund to strengthen education trade unions following the COVID-19 pandemic. The solidarity of many member organisations has already provided contributions, and requests to provide support for union activities have been received from other affiliated unions.

    Education International’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund is operational
  2. News 4 June 2020

    International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2020: Teachers recognised as the heroes of the Covid-19 crisis in education

    The 10th edition of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) took place on 2 June 2020, in a webinar format. Co-hosted by Education International and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the ISTP brought together education ministers and education unions for a discussion on the impact...

    International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2020: Teachers recognised as the heroes of the Covid-19 crisis in education
  3. Statements 30 April 2020

    Statement | May Day 2020 – Creating the future we want

    For the past 130 years, the 1st of May has been a day of mobilisation and hope. On this day we celebrate workers, the trade union movement and the colossal difference it has made for billions around the world. It is also a time to look ahead and find optimism...

    Statement | May Day 2020 – Creating the future we want
  4. News 30 April 2020

    Education International Guidance on Reopening Schools and Education Institutions

    As a growing number of countries are considering easing restrictions and gradually resuming onsite education, Education International stresses a set of five dimensions that should be considered by governments, in dialogue with educators and their unions, when planning this next phase of the response to the COVID-19 crisis in education.

    Education International Guidance on Reopening Schools and Education Institutions
  5. News 26 April 2020

    World Intellectual Property Day: Open access to research and educational resources is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    On World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April, Education International calls for copyright legislation to be urgently updated to ensure open access to research and education materials for teachers and researchers across the world. This need has been intensified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has caused an unprecedented disruption in...

    World Intellectual Property Day: Open access to research and educational resources is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
  6. News 13 March 2020

    Union tributes on passing of top Caribbean education unionist Roustan Job

    Education International has been saddened to learn of the death of Roustan Job, an outstanding education trade unionist from Trinidad and Tobago. Job relentlessly fought for teachers’ improved working conditions, professionalism, and autonomy in his region and worldwide.

    Union tributes on passing of top Caribbean education unionist Roustan Job
  7. News 2 March 2020

    Empower to lead: EI’s Development Cooperation Network meets in Brussels

    The meeting of the Development Cooperation Network is taking place in Belgium from 2-4 March and brings together 50 union representatives from 25 countries across the world. Participants are joining forces to identify opportunities to work together and effect change in their countries and communities.

    Empower to lead: EI’s Development Cooperation Network meets in Brussels
  8. News 27 February 2020

    South Africa: Educators demand end to copyright ‘apartheid’

    The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has staged a protest urging the government to sign a Copyright Amendment Bill that will improve access to quality education materials.

    South Africa: Educators demand end to copyright ‘apartheid’
  9. News 6 February 2020

    Arab educators tackle diverse challenges to education and teachers in their region

    At a recent meeting, the Committee of the Education International’s Arab Countries Cross Regional Structure reaffirmed their commitment to fight education privatisation and defend democracy in the region. Committee members reported on the challenges faced in their national settings, discussed recent union activities, and strategised for future action and campaigns.

    Arab educators tackle diverse challenges to education and teachers in their region
  10. News 4 February 2020

    Sweden: Study visit bonds international education unionists

    Trade union organisation, the teaching profession, and the teacher/student relationship sparked fruitful discussions during a study visit attended by teacher union representatives of the Gambia, Indonesia, Malawi, the Philippines, and South Africa. The visit was organised by the Swedish education union, Lärarförbundet, in Sweden, on the occasion of World Teachers’...

    Sweden: Study visit bonds international education unionists
  11. News 4 February 2020

    The John Thompson Fellowship training, instrumental to developing unions and teacher quality in the Pacific

    Education unionists from five Pacific Island countries benefited from training under the framework of the John Thompson Fellowship Programme. They were supported in building a stronger voice for teachers and a stronger representation to contribute to education reforms.

    The John Thompson Fellowship training, instrumental to developing unions and teacher quality in the Pacific
  12. News 24 January 2020

    International Day of Education: the world needs another 69 million teachers

    On the International Day of Education, unions warn that the world is not facing a global learning crisis, but a global education funding crisis. The only way to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 and ensure inclusive and equitable education for all is to fund free quality public education.

    International Day of Education: the world needs another 69 million teachers