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Students before Profit

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Education is a human right and a public good. The growing commercialisation and privatisation in and of education is the greatest threat to achieving free quality public education for all.

Our #StudentsBeforeProfit campaign advocates against the expansion of profit making in education.

Opinion

  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education 13 June 2022

    Why the education community should be paying attention to the WTO E-commerce Work Programme

    Michael Geist

    E-commerce has emerged in recent years as critical part of commercial activity. With mounting online sale of goods and delivery of services, the implications of e-commerce for the education community arise at both the commercial and policy levels. Indeed, e-commerce and online education delivery played an increasingly prominent and important...

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  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 23 April 2022

    Economically disadvantaged Malawi teachers bear the brunt of IMF wage bill policies

    Dr. Limbani Eliya Nsapato

    Malawi has a long-term relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which drives the country’s macroeconomic policies, often to the detriment of progress in targeted sectors such as education and health. Malawi became a member of the IMF on 19 July 1965 and has had at least 16 arrangements (loans)...

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  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 22 April 2022

    The impact of IMF policies on the public service wage bill in Zambia

    Gideon Bulwani

    There is sufficient evidence to suggest that the International Monetary Fund austerity measures have the potential to negatively affect Zambian ability to attain SDG 4. It is a paradox that the global system encourages investment in access to quality education for all, while putting obstacles along the path to the...

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  4. Standards and working conditions 20 April 2022

    Wage Bill Constraints: Hardship of Teachers in Nepal

    Prabin Kumar Acharya

    In 2020, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) directed the governments of 15 countries, including Nepal, to reduce their public expenditure. This has greatly impacted teachers after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 20 April 2022

    IMF policies undermine quality education

    Dennis Sinyolo

    Teacher quality, status, and conditions matter. Quality learning depends on quality teaching, delivered by qualified, well-supported, and motivated teachers.

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Relevant articles

  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education 11 April 2022

    Africa: Educators united to resist privatisation and defend quality public education

    Privatisation, the importance of State funding in public education, and campaigns to combat the privatisation and commercialisation in and of education all came under the spotlight at a recent online forum. Organised by Education International’s Africa Region (EIRAF) office, the webinar focused on the need to resist privatisation and defend...

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  2. Leading the profession 27 March 2022

    Uruguay: Unions say yes to public education

    Education International in full solidarity with its affiliates

    Against all the odds, trade union organisations and grassroots movements in Uruguay secured a referendum in the country to overturn a series of government-imposed measures set to undermine public education and encourage privatisation.

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  3. Fighting the commercialisation of education 16 March 2022

    World Bank to exit investment in for-profit school chain Bridge International Academies

    Education International (EI) welcomes the decision from the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to stop investing in the for-profit chain of schools, Bridge International Academies. The IFC had invested more than US$ 10 million in Bridge International Academies operations in Africa and supported the company's...

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  4. Equity and inclusion 13 December 2021

    Better education financing and regulation of private interests is urgent to ensure equitable, inclusive, and resilient education systems

    Education International responds to the 2021 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report "Non-state actors in education: Who chooses, who loses?"

    The 2021/2022 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) analyses the role and involvement of state and non-state actors in education and in the education sector. The stated aim of the report is to consider non-state actors in education ‘through the lens of equity and inclusion’, which were among the...

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Research

  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Education versus austerity

    Why public sector wage bill constraints undermine teachers and public education systems -and must end
    24 June 2022

    At least 69 million more teachers are needed by 2030 to achieve the sustainable development goal on education, yet around the word existing teachers face low pay and deteriorating conditions, affecting the status of the profession. There is a clear common cause uniting low pay and teacher shortages – both...

    Education versus austerity
    1. Education versus austerity-Policy brief
  2. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    E-commerce, Education and Copyright: A Policy Brief

    by Michael Geist
    13 June 2022

    In the context of the World Trade Organisation’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva on 12-15 June 2022, Education International calls on governments to deliver a comprehensive intellectual property waiver on Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and tests and warns of the risk of increasing commercialisation of education and research due to...

    E-commerce, Education and Copyright: A Policy Brief
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  3. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Time to turn the tide: Privatisation trends in education in the Caribbean

    Steven J. Courtney, Rinnelle Lee-Piggott
    9 February 2022

    This report is an initial mapping of education privatisation trends in the Caribbean region and will form the basis for further analysis and union action. It draws attention to favourable conditions for privatisation across the region, including a chronic underfunding of public education systems.

    Time to turn the tide: Privatisation trends in education in the Caribbean
    1. Time to turn the tide: Privatisation trends in education in the Caribbean - full research paper
    2. Time to turn the tide: Privatisation trends in education in the Caribbean - Summary of findings
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Pandemic Privatisation in Higher Education: Edtech & University Reform

    Ben Williamson, Anna Hogan
    15 February 2021

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, a state of emergency engulfed higher education. The crisis of mass campus closures and a rapid ‘pivot’ to online learning became the context for attempts by private actors and commercial organisations to reconfigure the sector.

    Pandemic Privatisation in Higher Education: Edtech & University Reform
    1. Report
    2. Summary
  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

    Teaching with Tech: The role of education unions in shaping the future

    Christina J. Colclough
    27 October 2020

    The Future of Work is not just making the headlines - it has become an issue of increasing importance for students, teachers and the whole of society. While there is always an element of anticipatory anxiety when facing the future there has also been real concern about the arrival of...

    Teaching with Tech: The role of education unions in shaping the future
    1. Report
    2. Summary
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