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  1. 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...

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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Leading the profession 2021-04-15

    OECD survey sheds light on post-COVID challenges and opportunities in education

    Educational inequalities and the digital divide were increased by the pandemic. But teacher vaccination, additional support and resources have also been features of countries’ responses to COVID-19, according to a new OECD special survey.

    Read more OECD survey sheds light on post-COVID challenges and opportunities in education
  5. Leading the profession 2021-04-14

    Global index finds most countries do not respect academic freedom and shows signs of decline

    The second edition of the Academic Freedom Index (AFi) shows that only 20 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries where academic freedom is well protected. There are signs of decline in many countries. The pandemic, with the wide use of distance learning, produced additional threats. Academic autonomy...

    Read more Global index finds most countries do not respect academic freedom and shows signs of decline
  6. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-26

    COVID-19 impact continues to affect terms and conditions in education

    Deepening inequalities across the education sector were revealed at a recent Education International webinar. Affiliates shared experiences of working to improve the terms and working conditions of teachers, academics, and education support personnel. The webinar aimed to inform Education International’s work in this area during the current public health crisis.

    Read more COVID-19 impact continues to affect terms and conditions in education
  7. Standards and working conditions 2021-03-26

    Mauritania: Educators’ strike for pay increase and better living conditions

    On 22 March, teachers engaged in a three-day general strike to demand a pay increase and better living conditions. This strike was punctuated with massive protests near the Education Ministry headquarters in the capital city, Nouakchott, and in the various provinces.

    Read more Mauritania: Educators’ strike for pay increase and better living conditions
  8. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-03-23

    DRC: online union training full of promise

    The Fédération nationale des enseignants du Congo/Union Nationale des Travailleurs du Congo (FENECO/UNTC) has closed the end of its online Trade Union Academy on the fundamentals of trade unionism.

    Read more DRC: online union training full of promise
  9. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-16

    German and Austrian unions call for more education support personnel specialised in health issues

    While the COVID-19 crisis is still raging, the Gewerkschaft Öffentlicher Dienst (GÖD) of Austria and the German Verband Bildung und Erziehung (VBE) have pointed out that an increasing number of children with chronic illnesses are attending schools. The unions have urged their respective public authorities to hire more health professionals...

    Read more German and Austrian unions call for more education support personnel specialised in health issues
  10. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-15

    Iraq: KTU succeeds in getting teachers added to COVID-19 vaccine list

    Vaccinating and providing free COVID-19 tests for teachers were just two of the recommendations presented to the Health Minister by the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU).

    Read more Iraq: KTU succeeds in getting teachers added to COVID-19 vaccine list
  11. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-12

    Vaccine nationalism and crisis profiteering: Unions take action

    “Just 10 countries, some of the richest in the world, have administered 75% of vaccinations. Meanwhile, around 130 countries that account for 2.5 billion people have not administered a single dose. This is not an issue on which we can afford to be passive. The only solution to a global...

    Read more Vaccine nationalism and crisis profiteering: Unions take action
  12. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-10

    Philippines: Union condemns Duterte Government’s denial of youth’s right to education

    With schools closed for one year in the Philippines, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has criticised President Duterte for being the biggest obstacle to the realisation of the youth’s right to education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Read more Philippines: Union condemns Duterte Government’s denial of youth’s right to education
  13. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-04

    Statement | Education International calls on governments to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and other medical products by waiving intellectual property rights

    Education International, the global federation of education unions, urges Members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to support the “Waiver from certain provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19".

    Read more Statement | Education International calls on governments to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and other medical products by waiving intellectual property rights
  14. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-02-24

    Mexico: COVID-19 issues feature in SNTE demands

    The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced many of the issues put together by the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) for its 2021 list of national demands.

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  15. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-02-23

    Iraq: Teachers praise KTU training on quality remote education

    Training sessions by the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) have participants wanting more training – and generated more participants! This year alone, the KTU has trained 54 teachers on teaching methods related to new technologies and remote teaching and learning. This successful training endeavour is part of its programme of training...

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  16. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-02-05

    Iraq: Ongoing trade union training to provide quality remote education

    The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) has moved forward with its programme aiming to equip educators with the necessary skills to use new teaching methods related to new technologies and remote teaching and learning.

    Read more Iraq: Ongoing trade union training to provide quality remote education
  17. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-02-05

    Cape Verde: No to COVID-19 and gender-based violence in schools!

    The Federaçao Caboverdiana dos Professores (FECAP) in Cape Verde is campaigning to provide educators with sufficient tools to fight the COVID-19 outbreak and gender-based violence in education institutions.

    Read more Cape Verde: No to COVID-19 and gender-based violence in schools!
  18. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-25

    Malaysia: Union calls for protection of teachers as frontline personnel

    The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged Malaysian public authorities to ensure the health and safety of educators delivering presential teaching to public examination students. This call comes after 11 teachers were infected with COVID-19 in the eastern state of Terengganu.

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  19. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-01-24

    No society can recover unless it lives up to the promise of education for all

    In a statement released today, the International Day of Education, Education International’s General Secretary David Edwards calls for urgent and decisive action to address all the inequities COVID-19 revealed and exacerbated and to ensure the right to free quality public education for all.

    Read more No society can recover unless it lives up to the promise of education for all
  20. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-15

    Germany: Unions call for government clarity and laud work of education staff in remote education

    While remote education has resumed in 2021, German education unions are calling on public authorities to support educators’ outstanding performance in ensuring access to quality education for all and well-organised and designed exams.

    Read more Germany: Unions call for government clarity and laud work of education staff in remote education
  21. Standards and working conditions 2021-01-14

    France: Unions prepare to mobilise in face of uncertainty caused by COVID-19

    French education unions have called for a more robust and effective health policy as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. They are also seeking a recognition and improvement of educators’ working and living conditions.

    Read more France: Unions prepare to mobilise in face of uncertainty caused by COVID-19
  22. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-13

    Mexico: Irreplaceable role of teachers in the COVID-19 educational process

    As classes resumed across Mexico on 11 January, the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) took the opportunity to reiterate that educators are crucial to maintaining a sound education process and quality education despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes are being delivered remotely through the Learn at Home programme.

    Read more Mexico: Irreplaceable role of teachers in the COVID-19 educational process
  23. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-08

    Germany: Trade unions support extension of lockdown

    Education International’s German affiliates have backed the decision of the federal and state governments to extend the COVID-19 lockdown. Schools and day-care centres will remain closed, with some exceptions, until 31 January.

    Read more Germany: Trade unions support extension of lockdown
  24. Standards and working conditions 2021-01-07

    Iraq: Trade union rolls out additional training on distance teaching and learning

    Members of the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) have participated in additional training to equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary for remote education. These skills have proven crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the training financially supported by Education International.

    Read more Iraq: Trade union rolls out additional training on distance teaching and learning
  25. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-05

    UK: Education unions say governmental failure is responsible for new national lockdown in England

    On 4 January, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown in England. This lockdown imposes new national restrictions which include the closure of schools and colleges except for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils, as well as an immediate move to remote education.

    Read more UK: Education unions say governmental failure is responsible for new national lockdown in England
  26. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-05

    The Philippines: Trade union calls for greater resources for distance learning

    As in many countries during the pandemic, the Philippines shifted to distance learning modalities to enable education continuity. However, the remote learning programme met with problems of inadequate funding and issues of Internet connectivity and access to teaching and learning resources. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), one of Education...

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  27. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-04

    Best wishes for 2021!

    Education International sends its best wishes to everyone from the global education community for this new year. With the COVID-19 pandemic still threatening lives, we will continue our struggle for a safe and healthy return to the classroom for teachers, education support personnel, and students. We will also do our...

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  28. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-12-17

    Mexico: COVID-19 must be considered an occupational disease

    The Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) has asked the Mexican Ministry of Public Education to ensure that COVID-19 is considered an occupational disease. This is just one measure to facilitate the safe return to presential teaching and learning.

    Read more Mexico: COVID-19 must be considered an occupational disease
  29. 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
  30. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-14

    Germany: Early childhood education staffing under enormous stress

    Education unions in Germany have asked public authorities to better recognise the role played by early childhood educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have asked for increased resources for staffing and funding in the KiTa – early childhood education (ECE) schools.

    Read more Germany: Early childhood education staffing under enormous stress
  31. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-10

    Malaysia: Union solidarity for remote education for marginalised students

    Education International has joined the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) to support Malaysian students from poor and marginalised communities to access online classes crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Read more Malaysia: Union solidarity for remote education for marginalised students
  32. Standards and working conditions 2020-12-09

    Iraq: Modern teaching methods focus of education union’s teacher training

    The use of modern teaching methods was at the heart of professional development training organised by the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU), with the support of Education International (EI), in the Raparin, Koya and Akra regions.

    Read more Iraq: Modern teaching methods focus of education union’s teacher training
  33. Standards and working conditions 2020-12-09

    Portugal: Union calls for strike to force government to negotiate

    In Portugal, the Federaçao Nacional dos Professores (FENPROF) has urged educators to go on strike on 11 December. The national action is intended to put pressure on the government and members of Parliament, demanding respect for the profession, improvement of their working and living conditions, and a solution to the...

    Read more Portugal: Union calls for strike to force government to negotiate
  34. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-08

    WIPO’s missed opportunity to produce guidance on copyright exceptions hits education during pandemic

    A legal instrument on copyright exceptions for the use of materials for teaching, learning, research, and the work of cultural heritage organisations is still not available. According to Education International, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) missed an opportunity at its recent Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)...

    Read more WIPO’s missed opportunity to produce guidance on copyright exceptions hits education during pandemic
  35. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-12-07

    Portugal: Education union calls for adequate framework to ensure the health and safety of teachers in risk groups

    The Federação Nacional da Educação has condemned the fact that the lack of a clear and appropriate national framework to regulate leaves during the pandemic has led to nearly all teachers belonging to high-risk groups still being present in class to teach.

    Read more Portugal: Education union calls for adequate framework to ensure the health and safety of teachers in risk groups
  36. Standards and working conditions 2020-12-04

    UK: Education unions react to Department for Education request to authorities to address accountability, workload, funding, qualifications, and inspections

    Teacher unions in the UK have reacted to announcements by the Department for Education (DfE), requesting public authorities to better address educators’ workload, accountability, pay and funding to ensure quality education for all.

    Read more UK: Education unions react to Department for Education request to authorities to address accountability, workload, funding, qualifications, and inspections
  37. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-12-03

    Africa: Teacher unions continue to fight child labour despite Covid-pandemic

    As the Covid-19 crisis poses a threat to achievements made to get children into school and out of work, an online webinar has brought together unionists and experts to strengthen strategies and allow teachers to continue helping students.

    Read more Africa: Teacher unions continue to fight child labour despite Covid-pandemic
  38. 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
  39. Standards and working conditions 2020-12-03

    Indonesia: Education union celebrate 75th anniversary and educators’ unwavering commitment in the face of tough challenges

    Indonesian teachers were praised for providing quality education during the COVID-19 crisis at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Persatuan Guru Republik Indonesia (PGRI) and of the 2020 National Teacher’s Day.

    Read more Indonesia: Education union celebrate 75th anniversary and educators’ unwavering commitment in the face of tough challenges
  40. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-12-02

    Portugal: Teachers in high-risk groups need improved conditions and options

    The Federação Nacional da Educação (FNE) has highlighted its concerns about the safety of Portuguese teachers and education support personnel (ESP) during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially if they belong to high-risk groups.

    Read more Portugal: Teachers in high-risk groups need improved conditions and options
  41. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-27

    UK: Well-being of education professionals

    On 26 November, Education Support issued its annual index on teacher wellbeing for 2020. Education Support was founded in 2015 but has roots that go back 140 years. It is a respected and authoritative organisation that focuses on mental health and wellbeing of teachers and other education professionals in the...

    Read more UK: Well-being of education professionals
  42. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-26

    Webinar | Teachers, Students, and Public Education in the Fight against COVID-19

    On 1 December, Open Society Foundations, Education International and the Global Student Forum are hosting a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on education and the urgent need to reopen learning institutions confidently and safely.

    Read more Webinar | Teachers, Students, and Public Education in the Fight against COVID-19
  43. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-11-26

    UK: Education unions seek increased support from Government amidst the pandemic

    With the COVID-19 crisis still raging, teacher unionists in the UK have deplored the falling school attendance rates and presented a plan to secure safe schools and ensure quality education during the pandemic.

    Read more UK: Education unions seek increased support from Government amidst the pandemic
  44. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2020-11-25

    Survey Report | Teaching with Tech: The Role of Education Unions in Shaping the Future

    Today Education International released the report of its Future of Work in Education Global Survey on the use of technology in education. Produced by Dr Christina Colclough, the report was launched during a special session of the Education International Executive Board.

    Read more Survey Report | Teaching with Tech: The Role of Education Unions in Shaping the Future
  45. 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
  46. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-11-25

    Taiwan: Union cites dangers of surveillance cameras in ECE facilities

    The National Teachers’ Association (NTA) of Taiwan is concerned about the installation of surveillance cameras in early childhood education schools. It argues for more effective action against important preoccupations.

    Read more Taiwan: Union cites dangers of surveillance cameras in ECE facilities
  47. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-10

    Switzerland: teachers call for uniform and reinforced measures

    Teacher unionists have responded to the Federal Council's announcements concerning the introduction of compulsory masks in upper secondary schools throughout Switzerland and the transition for universities to distance learning from 2 November, with face-to-face classes still permitted at primary and upper secondary school level. They have been closely monitoring the...

    Read more Switzerland: teachers call for uniform and reinforced measures
  48. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-09

    France: education workers demand better sanitary measures

    French teaching unions seek a commitment from the public authorities to improve the sanitary protocol to ensure the full and total protection of their health and that of their pupils.

    Read more France: education workers demand better sanitary measures
  49. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-04

    UK: Unions concerned as schools stay open during second lockdown

    The main teachers’ unions in the United Kingdom (UK) have a range of concerns after the announcement of a four-week national lockdown in England. With education settings to remain open, the unions have called for appropriate measures to be taken to ensure that schools are safe environments for students and...

    Read more UK: Unions concerned as schools stay open during second lockdown
  50. 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