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  1. Trade union rights are human rights 7 January 2021

    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.

    Iraq: Trade union rolls out additional training on distance teaching and learning
  2. Equity and inclusion 6 January 2021

    Argentina: Educator unions involved in successful push towards legalisation of abortion

    Education International’s Argentinian affiliates, together with their trade union centres, were part of a women’s cross-sectoral/political/social network, which actively campaigned for the national Parliament to adopt a law legalising abortion.

    Argentina: Educator unions involved in successful push towards legalisation of abortion
  3. Trade union rights are human rights 5 January 2021

    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.

    UK: Education unions say governmental failure is responsible for new national lockdown in England
  4. Trade union rights are human rights 5 January 2021

    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...

    The Philippines: Trade union calls for greater resources for distance learning
  5. Trade union rights are human rights 4 January 2021

    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...

    Best wishes for 2021!
  6. Equity and inclusion 18 December 2020

    Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education unionists highlight the need for collegial and professional support in public education

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the Australian Education Union (AEU) experience little or no employer-provided collegial and professional support across the public education system. Instead, they draw on opportunities to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and workers in the education and training industry. Many of...

    Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education unionists highlight the need for collegial and professional support in public education
  7. Trade union rights are human rights 17 December 2020

    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.

    Mexico: COVID-19 must be considered an occupational disease
  8. Union growth 17 December 2020

    Nigeria: Education International calls for immediate release of students kidnapped by jihadist group

    On 13 December, at least 600 teenagers were kidnapped by Boko Haram at the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, northwest Nigeria. Education International, the global union federation representing educators, has joined the international community in calling for the safe release of the 300 teenagers still in captivity.

    Nigeria: Education International calls for immediate release of students kidnapped by jihadist group
  9. Standards and working conditions 16 December 2020

    New podcast: Status of teachers - what needs to change?

    A podcast with Greg Thompson, professor at the University of Brisbane, Australia, and Martin Henry, research coordinator at Education International, puts the focus on the status of teachers in Covid times and beyond.

    New podcast: Status of teachers - what needs to change?
  10. Trade union rights are human rights 14 December 2020

    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...

    Education International and UNESCO call for educators to be considered a priority group in COVID-19 vaccinations
  11. Trade union rights are human rights 14 December 2020

    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.

    Germany: Early childhood education staffing under enormous stress
  12. Climate action and literacy 11 December 2020

    Five years into the Paris Agreement – Education International calls for governments to step up action on the climate emergency and prioritise the implementation of climate literacy for all

    Tomorrow, 12 December 2020, marks the 5-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. As world leaders convene virtually to demonstrate their continued commitment, Education International calls for increased ambition and further acknowledgement of education’s important role in combatting the climate emergency.

    Five years into the Paris Agreement – Education International calls for governments to step up action on the climate emergency and prioritise the implementation of climate literacy for all
  13. Equity and inclusion 10 December 2020

    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.

    Malaysia: Union solidarity for remote education for marginalised students