John Thompson Fellowship Training Program

published 4 November 2019 updated 4 November 2019
Host organizations
FTA, FTU, AUSPS, - Fiji , VTU – Vanuatu, FITU, Tonga, PNGTA - Papua New Guinea, SINA – Solomon Islands
Cooperating organizations
CTF- Canada, Lärarförbundet, Sweden; Le Syndicat national des enseignants du secondaire et du supérieur (SNESS), France; the Australian Education Union (AEU) and Education International’s Asia Pacific office
COPE - Pacific
Start date
4 November 2019
End date
4 November 2022
Communication;Education for All;Gender;Human and Trade Union Rights;Organizing, recruiting;Privatisation and Commercialisation;Professional Ethics;Social dialogue;Status of Teachers;Sustainable Development;

The JTF is a four year program with a focus on the sub-regional level proposed for the following reasons including, and not limited to:

  1. Similarity of the issues being faced by the unions in the sub-region;
  2. Sharing good practices and lessons learnt based on the experience in the sub-region;
  3. Fostering solidarity among the teachers unions and strengthening sub-regional structures;

    The program is to strengthen the union capacity to represent, to defend the rights and interests of the members nationally, regionally and internationally at different professional and political foras as well as building the capacity of their members through targeted member engagement, development of grassroots leaders and identifying new ways of working to influence the traditional union structures in positive ways, while also acting as a platform of wider union collaboration.


Build the capacity of teacher union(s) to develop and speak for their members;

  • Assist member organisations to develop strategic plans in line with the priorities of the participating organisations
  • Prepare a pool of skilled leaders and trainers in unionism both men and women by developing practical leadership and managerial skills in leading a teachers union;
  • Share good practices and experiences on variety of issues among unions from different sub-regions including membership engagement, organising, representation etc.;
  • Support unions in developing a united working and collaborative platform across different levels of the representative groups;
  • Support unions to engage around and across variety of topics such as human and trade union rights (decent work agenda), quality public education (SDGs), children’s rights,

Workshop presentations, panel discussions, group discussions and presentation


Have acquired necessary skills and capacities to support the development of the union in areas of good governance, financial practices, service delivery to membership etc., and able to participate and to conduct trainings, when necessary;

Participants: Have a better understanding about the roles of unions and the movement as a whole, specifically engaging in developing clear and powerful narrative about the importance of education unions and to speak for the whole profession;

Ability to engage in various educational policy debates and policy analysis at national, regional and global levels;

Engagement and communication of and with wider membership in union work, especially women unionists and young members;

Promote active involvement of women in the union leadership positions;

Towards the end of the training program the trainers from each countries worked in country organizations and prepared plans for strategic developments. Actions plan dealt with realistic issues of the unions that the group thought need to be on high priority.