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Facing the pandemic: Educators lead in solidarity for an equitable recovery

14 July 2021

Guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 28 April 2021

    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 14 December 2020

    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 3 December 2020

    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 13 July 2020

    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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Unions for vaccine equity

  1. Equity and inclusion 29 June 2021

    Education International calls on the European Commission to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

    Education International joins over 200 civil society organisations to call on the European Commission and EU Member States to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and other medical products through the temporary waiver of certain provisions of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

    Read more Education International calls on the European Commission to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines
  2. Equity and inclusion 14 June 2021

    Lives over profit: European Commission must support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines and medical products

    Education International welcomes theresolution adopted by the European Parliament on June 10 calling “for support for proactive, constructive and text-based negotiations for a temporary waiver of the World Trade Organisation TRIPS Agreement”.

    Read more Lives over profit: European Commission must support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines and medical products
  3. Equity and inclusion 14 June 2021

    No one is safe until everyone is safe

    Take action for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, medical products and technologies!

    With a few high-income countries taking over most of the global vaccine supply, the rest of the world is left fighting new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without essential tools. In the meantime, new variants of the virus are threatening to send us all back to square one.

    Read more No one is safe until everyone is safe
  4. Standards and working conditions 7 May 2021

    TRIPS waiver: EU Council and European Commission must support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all

    Education International welcomes the resolution adopted by the European Parliament calling the EU to 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 TRIPS waiver: EU Council and European Commission must support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all
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What education unions are doing

  1. Union growth 15 July 2021

    Gabon: SENA supports teachers during COVID-19 crisis

    In light of the gaps in the information provided by the authorities on the dangers of COVID-19, Gabon’s education union SENA has launched a nationwide campaign to inform education workers and encourage them to organise.

    Read more Gabon: SENA supports teachers during COVID-19 crisis
  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 9 July 2021

    Arab educators and their unions ready to rebuild education and shape the future of their work

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the education sector, the future of work, climate change action, the protection of human and trade union rights, and safeguarding democracy were at the heart of discussions during the 5th Conference of Education International's Arab Countries Cross-Regional Structure (ACCRS).

    Read more Arab educators and their unions ready to rebuild education and shape the future of their work
  3. Leading the profession 21 June 2021

    Taiwan: Union successful in prioritising COVID-19 vaccination for teachers

    Teachers in Taiwan have been prioritised to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This is a huge win for the National Teachers Association (NTA) which advocated for this during the second wave of the pandemic in the country.

    Read more Taiwan: Union successful in prioritising COVID-19 vaccination for teachers
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EI COVID-19 Solidarity Fund

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 15 July 2021

    Chad: the SET supporting teachers during the COVID-19 crisis

    Throughout the crisis, the Chad Teachers Union (SET, Syndicat des Enseignants du Tchad) has focused on listening to and supporting teachers. To this aim, the union carried out a large-scale survey to better understand the impact of the pandemic on teachers and to assess the effectiveness of distance learning.

    Read more Chad: the SET supporting teachers during the COVID-19 crisis
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 25 November 2020

    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
  3. Union renewal and development 6 November 2020

    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
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Opinions | Stories | Lessons

  1. Equity and inclusion 16 July 2021

    “Poor families and digital technologies. The nuances of digital appropriation.”

    During the pandemic, the role of families in children’s education has been emphasised because of school closures and the introduction of distance learning using new technologies. How can digital inclusion in the domestic, at-home sphere be understood in this context? As part of the series of conferences “Digital culture and...

    Read more “Poor families and digital technologies. The nuances of digital appropriation.”
  2. Fighting the commercialisation of education 31 May 2021

    “Privatised education: the virus exposed by the pandemic.”

    Shelley L. Morse

    As Covid-19 continues to reap havoc and draw the public’s attention, governments across Canada are sharing a privatisation playbook as they use the pandemic as cover to transform publicly funded public education.

    Read more “Privatised education: the virus exposed by the pandemic.”
  3. Standards and working conditions 15 May 2021

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

    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!”
  4. Standards and working conditions 14 May 2021

    "The tightrope walk: the experience of a guidance counselor through the pandemic"

    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.

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