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  1. Standards and working conditions 23 February 2022

    Mauritania: teachers strike for a decent life and better working conditions

    A coalition of Mauritanian education unions called for a strike from 21-25 February. The widely supported action aimed at “wresting the rights” of teachers from the Minister of Education and underlined the unity of teachers.

    Mauritania: teachers strike for a decent life and better working conditions
  2. Democracy 22 February 2022

    Educators around the world stand with Ukraine and call for peace

    As the already fragile situation at the border between Ukraine and Russia further deteriorates, Education International calls for immediate de-escalation and a diplomatic solution to secure a lasting peace.

    Educators around the world stand with Ukraine and call for peace
  3. Trade union rights are human rights 22 February 2022

    Iraq: Union presents a plan to develop higher education and research

    The Kurdistan Teachers' Union (KTU) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research held a joint meeting aiming at taking stock of the situation of higher education in this Iraqi region as well as developing it.

    Iraq: Union presents a plan to develop higher education and research
  4. Union renewal and development 21 February 2022

    Mozambique: Union to provide assistance to teachers affected by natural catastrophe

    The Organizaçao Nacional dos Professores (ONP) has plans in place to assist 873 member teachers affected by Tropical Storm ANA that hit central and northern Mozambique at the end of January. Education International’s national affiliate will use logistical and human resources assistance allocated by Education International’s Africa regional office (EIRAF)...

    Mozambique: Union to provide assistance to teachers affected by natural catastrophe
  5. Standards and working conditions 21 February 2022

    Burundi: Teacher trade unionists improve their social dialogue skills

    Under a capacity building programme funded by Education International, the Syndicat des travailleurs de l'enseignement du Burundi (STEB) was able to organise a series of training sessions on social dialogue in the different provinces of the country.

    Burundi: Teacher trade unionists improve their social dialogue skills
  6. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 15 February 2022

    Madagascar: International solidarity to ensure education continues in the wake of a natural disaster

    Following the passage of the category 3 tropical cyclone Batsirai which hit Madagascar on 5 February, Education International has decided to provide financial support to its affiliate, the Fédération chrétienne des enseignants et employés de l’éducation de Madagascar (FEKRIMPAMA). This support will enable the Federation to provide relief and meet...

    Madagascar: International solidarity to ensure education continues in the wake of a natural disaster
  7. Standards and working conditions 14 February 2022

    Zimbabwe: Strike action by teachers as government leaves them in a financial crisis

    The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) recently called on teachers to take industrial action following the government’s continued refusal to resolve longstanding salary issues, leaving teachers financially “incapacitated”. Since 7 February, teachers are on strike.

    Zimbabwe: Strike action by teachers as government leaves them in a financial crisis
  8. Leading the profession 10 February 2022

    Iraq: Teacher union honours 30 teachers and their contribution to society

    The Kurdistan Teachers' Union (KTU) held a celebration on 8 February to honour 30 teachers who have played a vital role in education, literacy, literature, culture, and history in the country.

    Iraq: Teacher union honours 30 teachers and their contribution to society
  9. Standards and working conditions 10 February 2022

    Belgium: teaching should no longer be “despised”

    With one in three French-speaking Belgian teachers considering leaving the profession, as shown by research conducted by the University of Mons , education unions have called for action on 10 February, not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic that is disrupting the school system, but also because there are many...

    Belgium: teaching should no longer be “despised”
  10. Standards and working conditions 4 February 2022

    Fiji: Teachers’ union sharp reply to Minister on undermining the positions of school leaders

    The Fiji Teachers’ Union (FTU) has responded firmly to the announcement by Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar , on 20 January of a change in the minimum qualification requirement (MQR) for secondary school leadership positions. In particular, the union condemned the change as sudden and insufficiently motivated...

    Fiji: Teachers’ union sharp reply to Minister on undermining the positions of school leaders
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 February 2022

    Albania: Education unions' success in combating child labour

    The Albanian trade unions FSASH and SPASH (1) have been involved in projects to combat child labour since 2002, with the support of international partners (2). More than 500 trade union leaders and 6,000 teachers have been trained in preventing dropping-out and in reintegrating former child labourers into school. The...

    Albania: Education unions' success in combating child labour
  12. Trade union rights are human rights 3 February 2022

    China: Winter Olympics must not overshadow the fight for human rights

    Ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics starting on 4 February in Beijing, China, Education International joins the international trade union movement’s call for human and trade union rights.

    China: Winter Olympics must not overshadow the fight for human rights
  13. Standards and working conditions 28 January 2022

    Iraq: High-level support for education union’s work in Kurdistan region

    Education developments and teaching during the pandemic were at the heart of discussions at a recent meeting between the Kurdistan Teachers' Union (KTU) and the education minister of the region of Iraq. The union also sought to improve teachers’ working conditions and the quality of education provided to students.

    Iraq: High-level support for education union’s work in Kurdistan region
  14. Standards and working conditions 27 January 2022

    France: Education workers take to the streets against the downgrading of their pay

    Many education unions are part of the multi-union group that launched the cross-sector call for strike action on wages and pensions in France. They are demanding pay rises, defending jobs and working conditions and deploring the fact that in the public education sector salaries are being so starkly downgraded.

    France: Education workers take to the streets against the downgrading of their pay
  15. Climate action and literacy 26 January 2022

    Canada: Educators take action on climate change education through ACTES

    In the Canadian province of Quebec, teacher trade unionists are getting involved in the Centrale des Syndicats du Québec’s Movement for Collective Action on Environmental and Social Transitions (Mouvement ACTES-CSQ), which provides them with strong support for initiatives undertaken with their students on climate change education.

    Canada: Educators take action on climate change education through ACTES
  16. Union renewal and development 21 January 2022

    Africa: International solidarity allows for educators to teach using storybooks with local flavour

    Local stories are at the heart of new schoolbooks being published, thanks to funding provided by the Australian Education Union (AEU) to the Pan African Teachers’ Centre (PATC). African education unions will print these storybooks to help students to develop a taste for reading using local stories and contexts. In...

    Africa: International solidarity allows for educators to teach using storybooks with local flavour