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  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...

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  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.

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  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...

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  4. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-05-12

    “Addressing the international data gap on teaching assistants”, by Rob Webster.

    The international data tell us about almost nothing about education paraprofessionals, known as teaching assistants or teacher aides (TAs). As we approach International Education Support Personnel (ESP) day, UK academic, Rob Webster, considers how the drive to successfully including children with special educational needs in mainstream schools may depend on...

    Read more “Addressing the international data gap on teaching assistants”, by Rob Webster.
  5. 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).
  6. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-08-10

    "Support staff are the infrastructure of the world", by Lorretta Johnson.

    During this pandemic, it has become very obvious who the essential workers are. Let me be clear. I am not criticizing mayors, university presidents or school superintendents. But amid the COVID-19 contagion, we would be nowhere without custodians, paraprofessionals, food service workers, administrative assistants and school bus drivers.

    Read more "Support staff are the infrastructure of the world", by Lorretta Johnson.
  7. 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.
  8. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-06-03

    New Zealand: Historic pay equity increase for education support personnel

    In New Zealand, education unionists have won historic pay equity increases for education support personnel. Over 22,000 school teacher aides have been offered a life-changing pay equity settlement including pay increases of up to 28 per cent.

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  9. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-05-16

    “Education Support Professionals Need Protection Now!”, by Rae Nwosu.

    As president of the National Council of Education Support Professionals of the National Education Association (USA), I have the distinct honor of representing Education Support Professionals (ESPs) across the United States. We are crossing guards, bus drivers & bus monitors, paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, interpreters & translators, cafeteria workers, and everything...

    Read more “Education Support Professionals Need Protection Now!”, by Rae Nwosu.
  10. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-05-15

    Statement | Stand with ESP, protect education communities everywhere

    Today, on the third ever World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day, Education International celebrates our ESP members and call upon you to stand in solidarity with ESP all over the globe.

    Read more Statement | Stand with ESP, protect education communities everywhere
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-04-24

    “COVID-19 and Education in South Korea”, by Hyunsu Hwang.

    COVID-19 is a world-wide fear and a tremendous threat in every area of our lives. It affects everyone in the world. The scenes being captured look very familiar to us in a sense. They look like scenes from movies, but sadly this is a real and unprecedented situation in human...

    Read more “COVID-19 and Education in South Korea”, by Hyunsu Hwang.
  12. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-10-06

    #youngteachers “Making education a choice career for young Ghanaians”, by Samuel Rainer Donkor (TEWU, Ghana).

    After completing university with good grades, I had the chance to do the national service: a one-year mandatory service for Ghanaian students who graduate from accredited tertiary institutions which aims at tackling brain-drain and unemployment hence ensuring that various key sectors are adequately resourced. I did it at the Amansie...

    Read more #youngteachers “Making education a choice career for young Ghanaians”, by Samuel Rainer Donkor (TEWU, Ghana).
  13. Union renewal and development 2019-07-22

    “Our Mandate”, by David Edwards

    Being elected General Secretary of EI is a great honour. It is a challenge to live up to the confidence that has been given by the representatives of education workers from all regions of the world. It is also comforting to join that small team of talented leaders elected on...

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  14. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-06-11

    “Prohibiting violence and harassment in the world of work”, by David Edwards.

    More than 800 million women have experienced some form of violence and harassment, ranging from physical assault to verbal abuse, bullying and intimidation. #MeToo and similar movements have helped expose the scale of the problem in the world of work, encouraging women to speak out and demand justice. Whilst women...

    Read more “Prohibiting violence and harassment in the world of work”, by David Edwards.
  15. Equity and inclusion 2019-05-16

    “Education Support Personnel: Shining light on the invisible workforce”, by Philippa Butler.

    Education Support Personnel (ESP) are a vital part of the education workforce. They help to do all the background tasks and hidden duties that ensure that teachers can teach and students can learn. Together with teachers and school leaders, ESP are responsible for creating and sustaining a school culture where...

    Read more “Education Support Personnel: Shining light on the invisible workforce”, by Philippa Butler.
  16. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-05-16

    Making the invisible visible – standing with education support personnel

    On the occasion of World Education Support Personnel Day on 16 May, EI is launching its new research on the role, impact, status, and employment conditions of education support personnel.

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  17. Equity and inclusion 2019-03-01

    Australia: education union and activists will make the 2019 federal election the ‘education election’

    At their Federal conference, Australian Education Union’ leaders and activists welcomed the commitment made by the Labour party to greatly increase funding for public education, and reaffirmed their determination to ensure that the upcoming federal election focus on education issues.

    Read more Australia: education union and activists will make the 2019 federal election the ‘education election’
  18. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-09-26

    New Zealand: Historic pay equity deal in education signed

    Hundreds of women working in education in New Zealand have achieved a pay rise of up to 30 per cent in a historic settlement for pay equity.

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  19. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-06-28

    “Towards recognising Education Support Personnel within education unions’ work worldwide”, by Matthew McGowan

    I had the privilege of attending Education International’s first conference on Education Support Personnel (ESP) on May 15 and 16 this year. As the first ever conference for staff who work in education in professional and support roles, it was not only an important event for those involved – it...

    Read more “Towards recognising Education Support Personnel within education unions’ work worldwide”, by Matthew McGowan
  20. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-05-16

    Celebrating education’s unsung heroes, by David Edwards

    In quality education systems around the world, behind student success there are invisible armies of education support personnel (ESP). These under-recognised workers are too often forgotten or ignored, but are absolutely vital for student success and wellbeing.

    Read more Celebrating education’s unsung heroes, by David Edwards
  21. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-05-16

    Quality Education for the most Marginalised: The roles of Education Support Personnel, by Mere Berryman

    Many children and young people from across the world experience significant barriers to accessing the benefits that society offers through health, education and social services. This can impact negatively on their ability to function at school and in turn the wider community. For multiple reasons, these children and young people...

    Read more Quality Education for the most Marginalised: The roles of Education Support Personnel, by Mere Berryman
  22. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-05-16

    Discovering more about Education Support Personnel, by Philippa Butler

    Education Support Personnel (ESP) play a vital role in promoting quality education, fostering a safe and positive learning environment for all students, and ensuring that schools and education institutions function effectively. ESP cover a wide range of people working in the education sector, such as teaching and learning assistants, school...

    Read more Discovering more about Education Support Personnel, by Philippa Butler
  23. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-05-15

    With every interaction in a school, we are either building community or destroying it, by Sean Slade

    "In addition to violence, bullying, and harassment in schools, many school personnel are combating low morale and increased stress levels. We are in an era of increased accountability and, as a consequence, increased repercussions. There are high-stakes tests tied to teacher and administrator evaluation, and many of us hear how...

    Read more With every interaction in a school, we are either building community or destroying it, by Sean Slade
  24. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-23

    Towards Inclusive Quality School Leadership, By Dennis Sinyolo

    School leaders play a pivotal role in the provision of quality education and in ensuring equity and equal educational opportunities for all children, pupils and students. School leaders can help to create and maintain a positive school climate and a culture of peace, tolerance, equity, inclusiveness, cooperation and hard work...

    Read more Towards Inclusive Quality School Leadership, By Dennis Sinyolo
  25. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-02-21

    Education Support Personnel: A whole community for a holistic approach to education

    Education International’s Task Force on Education Support Personnel has geared up preparations for the upcoming first global Conference on Education Support Personnel and reiterated its commitment to enhancing these workers’ status and recognition.

    Read more Education Support Personnel: A whole community for a holistic approach to education
  26. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-10-10

    Canada: Recognition for vital role of school support staff

    Strong recognition was given to the crucial role played by educational support staff in the lives of educational establishments and their students during Quebec's National School Support Staff Day.

    Read more Canada: Recognition for vital role of school support staff
  27. Union renewal and development 2017-05-04

    From the classroom to the world and back: educators take on a global perspective

    In a search for solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing people around the world, the second day of the Unite Conference in Rotterdam looked to build bridges from schools to politicians to policies.

    Read more From the classroom to the world and back: educators take on a global perspective
  28. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-05-03

    Putting teachers at the heart of education systems the focus in Rotterdam

    The message on day one of the Unite for Quality Education and Leadership Conference was clear, with educators looking at making sure that teachers themselves are the architects of the profession and of education systems.

    Read more Putting teachers at the heart of education systems the focus in Rotterdam
  29. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-04-12

    New Zealand: a voice for the “silent army” of education support personnel

    Together with Education International’s Antonia Wulff, Jane Porter, from the New Zealand Educational Institute - Te Riu Roa discusses challenges for the education support personnel to see their contribution to quality education for all acknowledged.

    Read more New Zealand: a voice for the “silent army” of education support personnel
  30. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-03-08

    A ‘woman’s place’ is…in her union for economic justice and empowerment!

    As the international community celebrates International Women’s Day, this year, Education International and its affiliates reaffirm that trade unions are key actors in advancing women economic empowerment.

    Read more A ‘woman’s place’ is…in her union for economic justice and empowerment!
  31. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-03-08

    Unions are a ‘woman’s place’ for economic justice and empowerment

    To celebrate women around the world, Education International and its affiliates are throwing the spotlight on the role that unions play as key actors working to advance the rights and economic empowerment of women.

    Read more Unions are a ‘woman’s place’ for economic justice and empowerment
  32. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-02-16

    Canada: school counsellors take on a central role within school communities

    From emotional support to preparing students for future careers, Canada’s school counsellors are experiencing a shift in school practice to see them increasingly become more integral to the lives of young people.

    Read more Canada: school counsellors take on a central role within school communities
  33. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-02-06

    Giving a voice to the “silent army” of education support personnel

    In every school teams of education support personnel work alongside teachers to ensure that all students have the opportunity of a quality education, but too often their work and contributions remain out of sight.

    Read more Giving a voice to the “silent army” of education support personnel
  34. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-09-29

    Quebec union celebrates National Day for education support personnel

    The Centrale des syndicats du Québec is celebrating the work and commitment of the province’s education support personnel, who are integral to transforming schools into communities and greatly contribute to students’ success.

    Read more Quebec union celebrates National Day for education support personnel
  35. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-02-29

    UK: Education support personnel crucial for quality education

    The idea of schools as a communities that support the whole child is reaffirmed as study after study continue to highlight the importance of education support personnel in boosting learning outcomes for students.

    Read more UK: Education support personnel crucial for quality education
  36. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2015-08-18

    United States: Education Support Personnel hit hard by budget cuts

    The educaction community in the United States highlights a worrying trend: shrinking budgets or ending grant money push Education Support Personnel (ESP) into unemployment, reducing overall education employee capacity.

    Read more United States: Education Support Personnel hit hard by budget cuts
  37. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-02-06

    EI Education Support Personnel Task Force meets in Brussels

    Education International’s (EI) newly established task force on Education Support Personnel met for the first time in Brussels on 28-29 January 2014. The task force, composed of representatives of 10 affiliates, will advise EI on issues around the status, rights and conditions of education support personnel.

    Read more EI Education Support Personnel Task Force meets in Brussels