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COVID-19: Education unions stand united and mobilise

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Welcome to the Education International information hub for educators and their unions during the COVID-19 crisis. Get up to date with the latest news, read the guidelines or see what other unions are doing and get inspired.

Solidarity in COVID-19 times and beyond: together for a better future for all

2021-04-07

Guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-04-28

    EI and OECD launch Principles for Effective and Equitable Educational Recovery

    How will we ensure effective and equitable educational recovery from COVID19? Education International and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) developed ten key principles which every country can use.

    Read more EI and OECD launch Principles for Effective and Equitable Educational Recovery
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-12-14

    Education International and UNESCO call for educators to be considered a priority group in COVID-19 vaccinations

    Today, on the 60th anniversary of the Convention that promotes the universal right to education, Education International and UNESCO published a joint message calling on governments and the international community to consider teachers and education support personnel as a priority group in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The call came as some...

    Read more Education International and UNESCO call for educators to be considered a priority group in COVID-19 vaccinations
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-03

    Education International Launches Guide on Auditing Educational Equity in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    To address the strong concerns that have arisen across the world about equity gaps within education as a result of the closure of schools and other educational settings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global federation of education unions has published a Guide for its member organisations on the process...

    Read more Education International Launches Guide on Auditing Educational Equity in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  4. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-07-13

    Learning from one another: EI publishes "Forward to School"

    Education International released its publication Forward to School on 13 July. The document is based on the five pillars identified in the EI Guidance on Reopening Schools and Education Institutions released in April.

    Read more Learning from one another: EI publishes "Forward to School"
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Re-opening schools and education institutions

  1. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-09-17

    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...

    Read more Japan: Japan Teachers’ Union secures resources for safe school reopening and monitors their expenditure
  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-09-08

    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...

    Read more OECD Education at a Glance 2020; education for more resilient societies
  3. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-09-08

    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.

    Read more Iraq: Safety and continuity at heart of KTU guidelines for new school year
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What education unions are doing

  1. 2021-05-07

    US support for the TRIPS waiver: a step closer to equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all

    Education International calls on members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to follow the lead of the United States and support the “TRIPS waiver” proposal initiated by South Africa and India to lift intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and medical products.

    Read more US support for the TRIPS waiver: a step closer to equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all
  2. 2021-05-04

    India: Union calls for end to election process as election duty teachers die from COVID-19

    The All India Primary Teachers Federation (AIPTF) has urged the government to stop the election process until the public health crisis is under better control. The call comes as the AIPTF mourns the deaths of many teachers after they were infected with COVID-19 during polling duties at recent elections in...

    Read more India: Union calls for end to election process as election duty teachers die from COVID-19
  3. 2021-04-24

    Cape Verde: trade union celebrates national Teachers’ Day urging to improve the condition of the teaching profession and to protect it from COVID-19

    On the Cape Verdean Teacher's Day, 23 April, the Federaçao Caboverdiana dos Professores (FECAP) has called for measures to improve the condition of the teaching staff and demanded that educators be put on priority lists for vaccination against COVID-19.

    Read more Cape Verde: trade union celebrates national Teachers’ Day urging to improve the condition of the teaching profession and to protect it from COVID-19
  4. Standards and working conditions 2021-04-15

    Iraq: KTU members call for government to provide ongoing training to support quality education during COVID-19 pandemic

    The Kurdish government should organise ongoing training for teachers in the area of remote learning. So said participants at a recent Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) training programme on new teaching methods and the use of technology in education during the pandemic.

    Read more Iraq: KTU members call for government to provide ongoing training to support quality education during COVID-19 pandemic
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EI COVID-19 Solidarity Fund

  1. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-25

    Niger: Trade union unity on skill development and improved working conditions for teachers

    With the help of the of Education International’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, the national unions that are members of Education International affiliate structure in Niger (IESNI) have collaborated in the organisation of an Inclusive Education Policy Forum, a skill development workshop for twenty-five female teachers, and the organisation of an awareness-raising...

    Read more Niger: Trade union unity on skill development and improved working conditions for teachers
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-06

    Burundi: Trade union takes action to raise awareness of COVID-19 and to organise and improve the quality of education through international solidarity

    The Syndicat libre des travailleurs de l'enseignement du Burundi (STEB), thanks to financial support from Education International’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, was able to run an important awareness-raising campaign on taking protective measures against COVID-19 and on unionisation in schools, and to organise a conference to take stock of the situation...

    Read more Burundi: Trade union takes action to raise awareness of COVID-19 and to organise and improve the quality of education through international solidarity
  3. Standards and working conditions 2020-11-03

    Palestine: Online training positions education union as a strategic social partner

    The General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT) has reached a landmark agreement on salaries with the national Ministry of Education which has officially adopted the union’s e-learning model.

    Read more Palestine: Online training positions education union as a strategic social partner
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Latest information and resources

  1. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-03-25

    Resources for educators during the COVID-19 outbreak

    The COVID-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on education, with over 80% of the global student population unable to attend classes as 156 countries have implemented nation-wide school closures. The task of continuing education in this difficult context is daunting but essential. We’ve collected some of the best resources...

    Read more Resources for educators during the COVID-19 outbreak
  2. Union renewal and development 2020-03-25

    Education International COVID-19 tracker

    As governments worldwide step up to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, educators and their unions are doing their part to support each other, their students and their communities. See below what Education International and our affiliates are doing to help.

    Read more Education International COVID-19 tracker

Opinions | Stories | Lessons

  1. Standards and working conditions 2021-05-15

    “Education Support personnel are the glue that holds their schools together!”

    Interview with Becky Marciante.

    Becky Marciante is a Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Mulberry Middle School in Mulberry, Florida (USA) and a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). She has worked for the Polk County Public School system since December 2015. As we prepare for celebrating World Education Support Personnel Day...

    Read more “Education Support personnel are the glue that holds their schools together!”
  2. Standards and working conditions 2021-05-14

    "The tightrope walk: the experience of a guidance counselor through the pandemic", by Daniel Lajoie.

    How to deal with the uncertainty of a pandemic, an unexpected lockdown, new technological tools, and a busy routine with children? Being a tightrope walker dealing with this entire imbalance accurately depicts the experience of a guidance counselor during the main period of the pandemic.

    Read more "The tightrope walk: the experience of a guidance counselor through the pandemic", by Daniel Lajoie.
  3. Standards and working conditions 2021-05-13

    “As a guidance counsellor, I continue to transform the lives of students during a pandemic”.

    Interview with Orlando Guerrero Sandí.

    To mark World Education Support Personnel Day, on May 16th, we interviewed Orlando Guerrero Sandí about his experience during the pandemic. Orlando is a guidance counsellor in the San José de Río Sucio Primary School, located in Sarapiquí Canton (Heredia Province, Puerto Viejo District, Costa Rica). He has 19 years...

    Read more “As a guidance counsellor, I continue to transform the lives of students during a pandemic”.
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2021-04-12

    “On Edtech, the public good, and democracy”, by David Edwards.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought death and despair. However, it has also sharpened our vision. We have seen dangers more clearly and trends that were threatening the health of our societies. In some areas, like inequality, it is apparent to everybody. In others, however, risky developments are partially hidden. These...

    Read more “On Edtech, the public good, and democracy”, by David Edwards.
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Articles

  1. 2021-05-07

    US support for the TRIPS waiver: a step closer to equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all

    Education International calls on members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to follow the lead of the United States and support the “TRIPS waiver” proposal initiated by South Africa and India to lift intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and medical products.

    Read more US support for the TRIPS waiver: a step closer to equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all