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COVID-19

  1. Trade union rights are human rights 18 September 2020

    What value should we place on qualifications in the COVID-19 era? by Jacques Taty.

    Jacques Taty Mwakupemba

    What value will the certificates and qualifications awarded to graduating students and pupils by the Congolese state at the end of this year ultimately have? On 10 August, the Congolese ministry for primary, secondary and technical education opened schools, but only for pupils and students in graduating years, to prepare...

    What value should we place on qualifications in the COVID-19 era? by Jacques Taty.
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 17 September 2020

    Japan: Japan Teachers’ Union secures resources for safe school reopening and monitors their expenditure

    The Japan Teachers Union (JTU) had several discussions and negotiations with the Ministry of Education concerning safe re-opening of schools during COVID-19. Although they succeeded in obtaining those funds from the national government, they followed up to monitor the use of those funds in cooperation with 17 affiliated unions. Municipalities...

    Japan: Japan Teachers’ Union secures resources for safe school reopening and monitors their expenditure
  3. Fighting the commercialisation of education 16 September 2020

    “Teachers taking the lead to effect real change: a once-in-a-generation opportunity”, by Howard Stevenson

    Howard Stevenson

    These are the most extraordinary times. At the start of 2020, almost nobody could have anticipated the extent, and the manner, in which the world has been turned upside down by a virus that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and left nobody unaffected.

    “Teachers taking the lead to effect real change: a once-in-a-generation opportunity”, by Howard Stevenson
  4. Trade union rights are human rights 16 September 2020

    Taking the lead: Teachers around the globe come together to mark World Teachers' Day 2020

    On October 5th – World Teachers' Day 2020 – Education International is hosting the biggest online meeting of teachers in history. After a year marred by disruption and crises, the 24-hour live event will give teachers everywhere the opportunity to come together, celebrate their achievements and mobilise to ensure the...

    Taking the lead: Teachers around the globe come together to mark World Teachers' Day 2020
  5. Democracy 15 September 2020

    International Day of Democracy: Respect and protection of rights in times of COVID-19

    On 15 September, the International Day of Democracy, Education International is joining the UN, civil society organisations and others to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

    International Day of Democracy: Respect and protection of rights in times of COVID-19
  6. Trade union rights are human rights 10 September 2020

    Germany: Call to standardise hygiene guidelines in schools

    Two education unions and a parents’ council in Germany have called for an improved standardised approach to the management of COVID-19. The call comes in response to extended hygiene guidelines issues by the country’s education ministers.

    Germany: Call to standardise hygiene guidelines in schools
  7. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 8 September 2020

    OECD Education at a Glance 2020; education for more resilient societies

    Today, 8 September, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued its annual Education at a Glance (EAG) report for 2020. Although the data was gathered prior to the shock of COVID-19, the concerns expressed in the findings are only amplified by the pandemic and the economic hardship that...

    OECD Education at a Glance 2020; education for more resilient societies
  8. Trade union rights are human rights 8 September 2020

    Iraq: Safety and continuity at heart of KTU guidelines for new school year

    The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) seeks continuity of education and improved terms and conditions for teachers and students in its proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year. The union’s plans aim to ensure health and safety in schools and quality education.

    Iraq: Safety and continuity at heart of KTU guidelines for new school year
  9. Trade union rights are human rights 7 September 2020

    Mexico: SNTE welcomes government efforts to boost democracy and quality education

    In Mexico, the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) has welcomed steps taken by the federal government that guarantee certainty in employment, wages, and benefits for education workers.

    Mexico: SNTE welcomes government efforts to boost democracy and quality education
  10. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 September 2020

    GEM Report: “Lost generation” risk without post-pandemic rapid action on SDG 4

    Today, 4 September, the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) released a policy paper entitled, “Act now: Reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the cost of achieving SDG 4”. The paper argues that acting rapidly as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce costs that would otherwise be necessary...

    GEM Report: “Lost generation” risk without post-pandemic rapid action on SDG 4
  11. Trade union rights are human rights 24 August 2020

    Canada: a safe and sustainable return to public schools

    The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE) stressed that all necessary protections need to be put in place to open public schools safely. The fact that those measures have not yet been taken, in large part due to inadequate resources and social dialogue, means that a long-term strategy is required if reopening...

    Canada: a safe and sustainable return to public schools
  12. Fighting the commercialisation of education 21 August 2020

    A question in the wilderness, by Joseph Jovellanos.

    Joseph V. Jovellanos

    A story was once told that after WWII, the then Emperor Hirohito of Japan called one of his soldiers and asked the question: “How many teachers survived?” This question is an acknowledgment by the emperor of the crucial role of teachers in building or re-building a nation. Without teachers, a...

    A question in the wilderness, by Joseph Jovellanos.
  13. Trade union rights are human rights 19 August 2020

    Benin: joint action by education unions on COVID-19 prevention along with inclusive education and boosting union leadership role

    Two unions from Benin affiliated to Education International have decided to join forces to raise awareness among their members on prevention and protection against COVID-19 and on inclusive education and building the role of union leadership within the context of the pandemic in public sector nursery and primary schools. For...

    Benin: joint action by education unions on COVID-19 prevention along with inclusive education and boosting union leadership role
  14. Trade union rights are human rights 18 August 2020

    Canada: Education union provides resource on trauma-informed teaching and learning

    The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE) has published a resource on trauma-informed teaching and learning (TITAL) to be used by its affiliates and educators around Canada. The resource will help to provide children with quality education when schools reopen.

    Canada: Education union provides resource on trauma-informed teaching and learning
  15. Trade union rights are human rights 14 August 2020

    Mexico: Union campaign focuses on students affected by the pandemic

    Mexican education unionists are launching a campaign so that teachers reconnect with students who dropped out of school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign also aims to help prevent students from leaving school because of the public health crisis.

    Mexico: Union campaign focuses on students affected by the pandemic
  16. Trade union rights are human rights 12 August 2020

    Switzerland: Education unions join forces for safe return to schools and quality education

    In Switzerland, two affiliates of Education International have urged political and education decision-makers to approve the financial and human resources required to implement vital measures in schools, such as the introduction of health protection officers.

    Switzerland: Education unions join forces for safe return to schools and quality education
  17. Democracy 6 August 2020

    United States: American Federation of Teachers holds convention in time of crisis

    The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), in a convention held virtually, organised a series of discussions and adopted resolutions on education, trade union and policy issues. The convention endorsed Joe Biden for President by a vote of more than 90 per cent of delegates after an unprecedented, extensive membership consultation...

    United States: American Federation of Teachers holds convention in time of crisis