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  1. 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.
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-25

    “Covid Story Will End with Equity and Leadership”, by David Edwards.

    My friend and colleague and one of the education giants of our time, Mary Hatwood Futrell, wrote this on the passing of Nelson Mandela in 2013: “We pause to mark the distance we’ve come and keep focus on what’s yet to cover. One thing seems certain as the need for...

    Read more “Covid Story Will End with Equity and Leadership”, by David Edwards.
  3. Equity and inclusion 2021-03-19

    “Committed leadership and concerted action needed to end the pandemic of racial discrimination”, by Patrick Roach.

    On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, it is prescient that our trade unions in the UK will be coming together at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Black Workers’ Conference to advance a progressive agenda for anti-racism on the anniversary of the first national...

    Read more “Committed leadership and concerted action needed to end the pandemic of racial discrimination”, by Patrick Roach.
  4. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-03-05

    When your class is “Zoom-bombed” and other stories from the frontlines of online teaching

    2020 has been the year that many workers in education had an emergency catch up course in teaching via video conferencing. We've all learnt a lot - using different (often changing) platforms and teaching strategies - trying to do our best for our students.

    Read more When your class is “Zoom-bombed” and other stories from the frontlines of online teaching
  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-02-19

    “Pivoting to Online Education During the Pandemic Wave”, by Nadine Molloy.

    Nadine A. Molloy recently received national recognition from the Jamaica Observer for her extraordinary work leading Ardenne High School in Kingston through the storm of the COVID-19 crisis [1]. We asked Nadine to share her experience with integrating technology in education, ensuring teachers and students were prepared and achieving high...

    Read more “Pivoting to Online Education During the Pandemic Wave”, by Nadine Molloy.
  6. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2021-02-09

    “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.

    Educational technologies have become central to higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency in tertiary systems worldwide has enabled private edtech companies, global tech businesses, and the networks of promoters backing them, to define the post-pandemic future of the university.

    Read more “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.
  7. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-01-24

    “Teaching with Tech: Why Education Unions Must Act Now To Have a Role in Shaping the Future”, by Christina J. Colclough.

    After many years of public sector underfunding, the private tech sector has made inroads into virtually all public services. With the self-proclaimed aim to enhance the quality of public services, at a reduced cost and with greater efficiency, especially two sectors are rapidly expanding: Education Technology and Health Technology.

    Read more “Teaching with Tech: Why Education Unions Must Act Now To Have a Role in Shaping the Future”, by Christina J. Colclough.
  8. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-01-05

    “Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”, by Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney (NEU, UK).

    England is once again in a national lockdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing on the evening of Monday 4 January that a third lockdown, including the closure of most schools, was necessary to address rising infection rates and the rapid spread of the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus...

    Read more “Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”, by Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney (NEU, UK).
  9. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-18

    “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.

    Almost overnight in mid-March of 2019, academic staff at universities and colleges heeded the call to stay home and isolate. They transitioned to remote teaching to ensure the education continuity of millions of students during the public health emergency. Campuses were closed down, shuttering labs, and stalling research. Some libraries...

    Read more “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.
  10. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-11-04

    “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.

    It’s a common practice to distinguish the life cycles of students based on their enrolment by academic year or years. These year-numbers help us to navigate and plan. Due to the COVID-19, the year 2020, however, is not defined by its four different numbers but by something from the past...

    Read more “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-28

    “Technology & education in a post-Covid era”, by Alison Egan.

    The Coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic has ushered in a new era in education, where technology is now being used by educators to teach, connect and collaborate with students, parents and peers, all while working from their own kitchen table. Most educators have taken to this online pivot with energy and...

    Read more “Technology & education in a post-Covid era”, by Alison Egan.
  12. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-22

    “Education, health and solidarity: pandemic memories", by Matthias Savignac.

    Members of the Education and Solidarity Network (ESN), including healthcare mutuals, enterprises operating in the social and solidarity economy (SSE), teaching unions and other civil society organisations have found themselves at the centre of the health and education crisis and have been the first to respond to it on the...

    Read more “Education, health and solidarity: pandemic memories", by Matthias Savignac.
  13. Leading the profession 2020-10-21

    “Africa: Collaboration between Unions and Governments for a Better Future in Education”, by Cherine Sabry.

    Unions and governments have been in conflict since the dawn of time. The mere existence of unions as a force to defend workers’ rights where governments fail to do so in and of itself leads to this conflictual relationship. In Africa, unions have rarely been consulted during the COVID-19 crisis...

    Read more “Africa: Collaboration between Unions and Governments for a Better Future in Education”, by Cherine Sabry.
  14. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-06

    #WorldTeachersDay | “Regaining Our Common Purpose”, by David Edwards.

    A day after the largest online gathering of teachers in history, a split-screen picture emerges of a global crisis for our students and a profession determined to build back better.

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | “Regaining Our Common Purpose”, by David Edwards.
  15. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-04

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Unleashing the transformative power of education”, by Camilla Croso.

    In his seminal text "Pedagogy of the Oppressed", Brazilian scholar Paulo Freire writes, “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” I believe this encapsulates education’s transformative power. It is only...

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Unleashing the transformative power of education”, by Camilla Croso.
  16. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-03

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Embracing our Humanity”, by Felisa Tibbitts.

    A common thread connecting educators and learners worldwide during this pandemic is a shared humanity. Teachers, administrators, students, and their families on short notice have had to respond to the demands placed on schooling when schools closed. Those closing doors required educators to reimagine classroom teaching, this is certainly true....

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Embracing our Humanity”, by Felisa Tibbitts.
  17. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-03

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “A World Without Teachers”, by Andy Hargreaves.

    Never has there been a more important time than this moment, right now, to think about and appreciate what great teachers have done for our children and also for us. We have seen what the world looks like when its teachers are taken away from our children. We have witnessed...

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “A World Without Teachers”, by Andy Hargreaves.
  18. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-02

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Tackling crises and big changes ahead: the role of education”, by Steve Klees.

    The pandemic has been devastating and we have little idea of its future. The education of so many children has suffered. Nonetheless, the world has gained a new and deeper appreciation of the work of teachers -- of teachers as essential workers. The world has also gained an understanding of...

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Tackling crises and big changes ahead: the role of education”, by Steve Klees.
  19. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-02

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “After the Virus: In Teachers We Trust”, by Pasi Sahlberg.

    What is the X-factor that helps schools through the current global health crisis? Lessons from around the world tell us that where schools have flexible curriculum arrangements, creative approaches to real problem-solving, and confidence in collective professional wisdom of teacher as leaders, navigation through the tough times gets easier. It...

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “After the Virus: In Teachers We Trust”, by Pasi Sahlberg.
  20. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-02

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Teachers and the Public Sector Wage Bill”, by David Archer.

    The IMF is 75 years old but still has a lot to learn. They need a well trained professional teacher to explain some basic truths. You can’t commit to ambitious development goals and then impose austerity. You can’t constrain public sector wage bills and then worry that countries have shortages...

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Teachers and the Public Sector Wage Bill”, by David Archer.
  21. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-02

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: Jordan Naidoo (UNESCO)

    The experience of the past months shows that hard times really bring us together and reminds us of our collective power to endure and overcome the toughest challenges. The need for stronger partnerships, collaboration and global solidarity was emphasised repeatedly in collective efforts to confront the COVID-19 pandemic underpinned by...

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: Jordan Naidoo (UNESCO)
  22. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-01

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Public Education Homework: An Equitable and Inclusive Future” by Armand Doucet.

    In a time of crisis, hidden truths are revealed and what we have learned is that our collective humanity is in trouble. For it to flourish, I hope and believe teachers will play a leading role to create a future that has inclusivity as its foundation.

    Read more #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Public Education Homework: An Equitable and Inclusive Future” by Armand Doucet.
  23. Leading the profession 2020-09-29

    “Education at a Glance 2020: what can we learn for education systems’ recovery post-COVID19?”, by John Bangs.

    It is an indicator of the depth of the crisis created by Covid that OECD’s Secretary General, Angel Gurria should take on the responsibility for launching this year’s edition of Education at a Glance. While the OECD describes the EAG as a flagship publication and it’s full of interesting comparative...

    Read more “Education at a Glance 2020: what can we learn for education systems’ recovery post-COVID19?”, by John Bangs.
  24. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2020-09-16

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

    Read more “Teachers taking the lead to effect real change: a once-in-a-generation opportunity”, by Howard Stevenson
  25. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-08-21

    A question in the wilderness, by Joseph 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...

    Read more A question in the wilderness, by Joseph Jovellanos.
  26. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-07-29

    "Education union drives for context-appropriate solutions to tackle Covid 19 challenges", by Shri N. Rangarajan & Dr. J Eswaran.

    In March 2020, the tropical heat was rising in Tamil Nadu, India. The teachers were in the thick of handling lesson planning, engaging with students and uploading our progress for the final term of the academic year in a buzzing school environment. The state government announced a complete lockdown in...

    Read more "Education union drives for context-appropriate solutions to tackle Covid 19 challenges", by Shri N. Rangarajan & Dr. J Eswaran.
  27. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2020-07-10

    "The edtech pandemic shock", by Ben Williamson & Anna Hogan.

    The Covid-19 pandemic was the context for two major disruptions in education. The first was the disruption to schooling for millions of students worldwide, and a rapid shift to remote learning online. The second, closely related disruption was the entry of the commercial education technology sector into public education at...

    Read more "The edtech pandemic shock", by Ben Williamson & Anna Hogan.
  28. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2020-07-06

    “Online teaching and videoconferencing: how can teachers choose the most appropriate tools?”, by Steven Kolber.

    Teachers are all scrambling onto remote learning (or distance learning, or continuous learning, or crisis learning, or the nomenclature of your area) to support and stay connected with their students during this isolating time. The unexpected nature of the events around COVID-19 and the different levels and speeds of responsiveness...

    Read more “Online teaching and videoconferencing: how can teachers choose the most appropriate tools?”, by Steven Kolber.
  29. Equity and inclusion 2020-06-20

    "Overlapping crises: the impact of Covid-19 on refugee students in Lebanon", by Hussain Muhammad Jawad

    Lebanon is a country with a population of 4.5 million and is home to a large number of refugees. Over two million Syrian refugees are now living in Lebanon, in addition to half a million of Palestinian refugees. More than 52% of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children, and...

    Read more "Overlapping crises: the impact of Covid-19 on refugee students in Lebanon", by Hussain Muhammad Jawad
  30. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-06-17

    “COVID-19 crisis: the education situation in Italy”, by Rossella Benedetti.

    In Italy, the first COVID-19 cases were discovered at the end of January. It was another month before the spread of the virus forced us to suspend face-to-face lessons. At the beginning of March, teachers, in lockdown at home, began distance teaching, while administrative, technical and cleaning staff still had...

    Read more “COVID-19 crisis: the education situation in Italy”, by Rossella Benedetti.
  31. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-06-16

    As frontlines shift to schools: Can governments ensure safety? by David Edwards.

    Education International echoes the call of education workers from around the world: national governments must ensure their protection through evidence-based public health measures in the transition back to school. Read about how the global union federation responds to this call.

    Read more As frontlines shift to schools: Can governments ensure safety? by David Edwards.
  32. Future of work in education 2020-06-12

    “Preparing for a post-COVID-19 world and working to prevent student dropout: good union practices in the fight against child labour”, by Samuel Grumiau and Pedi Anawi.

    According to the ILO, there are over 150 million child labourers worldwide. Conscious of this challenge and keen to promote the right to a quality education for all, EI members in thirteen countries have initiated programmes to eradicate child labour with the support of EI and its partners. While there...

    Read more “Preparing for a post-COVID-19 world and working to prevent student dropout: good union practices in the fight against child labour”, by Samuel Grumiau and Pedi Anawi.
  33. Future of work in education 2020-06-12

    “Getting children back to school after the COVID-19 closures: how EI's child labour projects empowered teachers and their unions”, by Nora Wintour.

    In the research study, conducted in 2018 and 2019 “EI/AOb Child Labour Projects: Transnational best practices and union impacts”, I examined how professional training programmes have enhanced teachers capacity to attract and retain children in school through participatory education techniques and how as a result of the child labour projects,...

    Read more “Getting children back to school after the COVID-19 closures: how EI's child labour projects empowered teachers and their unions”, by Nora Wintour.
  34. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-06-12

    Interview | Susan Hopgood: “In the fight against child labour the key to progress is to involve unions”.

    On the World Day Against Child Labour, Education International President Susan Hopgood gives insights into the work of education unions to eradicate child labour, the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on vulnerable children, the lessons we have learned from previous crises and the way forward.

    Read more Interview | Susan Hopgood: “In the fight against child labour the key to progress is to involve unions”.
  35. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-06-10

    “Coronavirus hits Canada’s campuses”, by David Robinson.

    As in other parts of the world, the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly and radically upended universities and colleges in Canada. Across the country, campuses are deserted, teaching has migrated to virtual platforms, and important research has been put on hold.

    Read more “Coronavirus hits Canada’s campuses”, by David Robinson.
  36. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-06-05

    ‘You can work from home if the situation at home allows’: Teaching in times of the pandemic, by Josiah Taru.

    The closure of schools has been commended as one of the most effective mitigatory measures to arrest the rapid spread of Covid-19 so far. Millions of learners and educators have been forced to continue learning through emergency remote instruction that involves online teaching. This presents novel challenges for educators in...

    Read more ‘You can work from home if the situation at home allows’: Teaching in times of the pandemic, by Josiah Taru.
  37. Equity and inclusion 2020-06-04

    “Enhancing the status of female dominated occupations”, by Pauline Schnegg.

    The Greek god Kairos represents an opportunity to be seized in the guise of a young man who is naked, but sports a tuft of hair on his head. When he comes within our reach, one of three things can happen: we do not see him; we see him but...

    Read more “Enhancing the status of female dominated occupations”, by Pauline Schnegg.
  38. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-06-02

    "10 years of ISTP – what governments and unions can achieve together", by Andreas Schleicher and David Edwards

    Ten years ago, Education International and the OECD began co-hosting with various countries an altogether unique, (somewhat unlikely) but critically necessary convening of ministers of education and heads of teachers’ unions. The purpose was to support an informed and honest policy dialogue between and among elected representatives of the teaching...

    Read more "10 years of ISTP – what governments and unions can achieve together", by Andreas Schleicher and David Edwards
  39. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-05-27

    “Teacher Leadership in the Aftermath of a Pandemic #3: Moving forward”, by Armand Doucet.

    “Together shape a future that works for all by putting people first, empowering them and constantly reminding ourselves that all of these new technologies are first and foremost tools made by people for people.” --Klaus Schwaab, World Economic Forum-

    Read more “Teacher Leadership in the Aftermath of a Pandemic #3: Moving forward”, by Armand Doucet.
  40. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-05-20

    “A Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities”, by Randi Weingarten.

    The American Federation of Teachers has released a detailed road map that, in the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine, charts a path to safely and responsibly reopen school buildings and other institutions crucial to the well-being and economic vitality of our communities.

    Read more “A Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities”, by Randi Weingarten.
  41. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-05-19

    “In Africa, making use of the Ebola epidemic experience to combat coronavirus”, by Kadiatou Bah and Salifou Camara.

    Guineans have drawn lessons from Ebola, which has killed more than 2,500 people in our country. The country had neglected the disease when the first cases began in 2013 in a forest region around 900 kilometers from the capital. The first victims were not isolated, which encouraged contamination until an...

    Read more “In Africa, making use of the Ebola epidemic experience to combat coronavirus”, by Kadiatou Bah and Salifou Camara.
  42. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-05-15

    “Hong Kong and Its Education Under the Threat of Covid-19”, by IP Kin-yuen.

    This is not the first time that Hong Kong faces a coronavirus attack. The bitter experience of SARS in 2003 which cost 299 lives (including eight medical staff) was horrible and unforgettable. That was the reason why HK citizens responded so quickly to the outbreak of a similar coronavirus and...

    Read more “Hong Kong and Its Education Under the Threat of Covid-19”, by IP Kin-yuen.
  43. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-05-08

    “The Impact Of COVID-19 On Czech Education In The Present And Future”, by David Navrátil.

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed teachers´, pupils´ and parents´ lives in my country very quickly and suddenly. It has turned the perception of our education system by 180 degrees. A question remains – how will the Czech education system cope with it and will it change the future...

    Read more “The Impact Of COVID-19 On Czech Education In The Present And Future”, by David Navrátil.
  44. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-05-06

    “A teacher’s experience having to get to grips with online teaching in the midst of a global pandemic”, by Lisa O’Donoghue.

    I sighed as I sat down at my kitchen table. To my left, a fresh cup of coffee, to my right stacks of textbooks, in front of me a fully charged Microsoft Surface Pro. Right, let’s do this! My fingers hovered uncertainly over my keyboard as I perused my notes...

    Read more “A teacher’s experience having to get to grips with online teaching in the midst of a global pandemic”, by Lisa O’Donoghue.