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Opinion

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 28 March 2022

    Teachers and students in Lebanon need global solidarity to save their education system and their hope for the future. The world must answer.

    David Edwards

    The failure of governance and the inability to deal with over-lapping crises has paralysed Lebanon. A whole generation of young people risks losing life opportunities due to the meltdown of the education system.

    Teachers and students in Lebanon need global solidarity to save their education system and their hope for the future. The world must answer.
  2. Climate action and literacy 21 March 2022

    On the road to COP27, the MENA region is far behind on climate change education ambition

    Christina Kwauk

    Next week, the United Arab Emirates will host the first ever Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Climate Week . Many of the international delegates from last year’s COP26 will kickstart their journey to COP27 (to be held in November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt) by looking to the MENA...

    On the road to COP27, the MENA region is far behind on climate change education ambition
  3. Democracy 11 March 2022

    War in Europe: Unions must stand together to defend democracy

    Fred van Leeuwen

    "We know that they lie; They know that they lie; They know that we know that they lie; We know that they know that we know that they lie; And yet they persist lying." Aleksandr Isajevitsj Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

    War in Europe: Unions must stand together to defend democracy
  4. Equity and inclusion 7 March 2022

    Education – a crucial piece of the climate justice and gender equality puzzle

    Susan Hopgood

    For decades we have mobilised across the world and have worked towards gender equality, and increasingly over the last few years to address climate injustice. However, both fights have often been waged separately with far too little attention given to the critical areas where they overlap.

    Education – a crucial piece of the climate justice and gender equality puzzle
  5. Fighting the commercialisation of education 9 February 2022

    Privatisation Trends in Education in the Caribbean

    Steven J. Courtney, Rinnelle Lee-Piggott

    Privatisation has been a focus of education research for many years, particularly in western liberal democracies. However, the phenomenon is relatively under-researched within the Caribbean region. This matters.

    Privatisation Trends in Education in the Caribbean
  6. Standards and working conditions 1 February 2022

    A simple solution for education

    Armand Doucet

    We celebrated the International Day of Education on January 24th. In these unprecedented times, beginning year 3 of this pandemic, I am grateful to be a teacher. I am grateful that I have a job that I love and that I make a positive impact on my students’ lives every...

    A simple solution for education
  7. Fighting the commercialisation of education 28 January 2022

    Challenging global tech giants: the critical role of Global labour

    Carmen Ludwig, Edward Webster

    In a recent research paper, Carmen Ludwig and Edward Webster examined the role of global unions to contest the use and abuse of digital technology through transnational activism in two African contexts. Action included work with Education International’s Global Response against the privatisation of education.

    Challenging global tech giants: the critical role of Global labour
  8. Equity and inclusion 21 December 2021

    Expanding Vaccines Beyond Our Borders

    Randi Weingarten, Mugwena Maluleke

    If there is one thing we never see again, let it be a crematorium waiting list. Let temporary morgue tents be just that—temporary. We have the capacity to make that happen—to prepare for the next global public health crisis, so we never see this level of chaos and destruction again,...

    Expanding Vaccines Beyond Our Borders
  9. Equity and inclusion 17 December 2021

    UNATU’s experience supporting teachers in refugee areas

    Baguma Filbert Bates

    Uganda is considered the top refugee-hosting country in Africa and one of the top five hosting countries in the world. Statistics reveal that close to 1.5 million refugees live in Uganda.

    UNATU’s experience supporting teachers in refugee areas
  10. Equity and inclusion 17 December 2021

    We only protect ourselves by protecting others

    Kevin Courtney

    It brings such shame on the UK Government that in November 2021, 27 people including a pregnant woman, drowned in utterly miserable and terrifying circumstances just a few miles from being able to claim asylum. Safe legal routes to claim asylum have been increasingly restricted. Airlines are fined if they...

    We only protect ourselves by protecting others
  11. Equity and inclusion 3 December 2021

    Momentum must be harnessed to tackle scourge of violence against women and girls

    Patrick Roach

    The Covid-19 pandemic has had profound consequences for teachers and students and for global progress in meeting the goal of quality public education for all. But, together with a health crisis, we continue deal with the pandemic of sexism and misogyny which is blighting the lives, education and life chances...

    Momentum must be harnessed to tackle scourge of violence against women and girls
  12. Equity and inclusion 30 November 2021

    Education unions adapt their approaches to address school-related gender-based violence through the pandemic

    Rex Fyles

    Over the last six years, Gender at Work ([email protected]) has been collaborating with Education International (EI) to put education unions at the forefront of global efforts to end gender-based violence in and around schools. When we started, I had no idea what ‘SRGBV’ meant, let alone how to pronounce it....

    Education unions adapt their approaches to address school-related gender-based violence through the pandemic
  13. Standards and working conditions 19 November 2021

    In-person schooling during the pandemic: collective bargaining vs. political profiteering

    Noemi Esther Tejeda

    During 2020, as part of the prevention and isolation measures taken in response to Covid-19, Argentina’s national government passed a decree suspending in-person classes throughout the country. The decision was backed by an institutional framework for social and political support.

    In-person schooling during the pandemic: collective bargaining vs. political profiteering
  14. Climate action and literacy 9 November 2021

    In France, the role of Sustainable Development Advisor in schools

    Émeline is a Life and Earth Sciences teacher and Sustainable Development Advisor. After 10 years in a REP+ (Priority Education Network) in the Créteil academy, Émeline arrived at the François Perron secondary school in Cerilly. It is a rural school, north of Montluçon in the Allier department, with 108 pupils....

    In France, the role of Sustainable Development Advisor in schools
  15. Climate action and literacy 3 November 2021

    Who’s making the grade on climate change education ambition?

    Christina Kwauk

    The release of the 6th IPCC report on the physical science of climate change this year raised the alarm around the urgency to act on the climate crisis. Clearly, global leaders did not heed the previous five alarms nor did they listen to recent calls to increase the ambition of...

    Who’s making the grade on climate change education ambition?
  16. Climate action and literacy 2 November 2021

    Aotearoa New Zealand, education unions and climate change

    Liam Rutherford

    Aotearoa New Zealand is in a privileged position, along with a small number of other countries, of being relatively COVID-free. We do face many challenges that the rest of the world often doesn’t hear about – such as serious pollution of our waterways, extreme levels of poverty and inequality, a...

    Aotearoa New Zealand, education unions and climate change
  17. Climate action and literacy 29 October 2021

    Need tools for climate change education? Try the bicycle model 

    Dr. Essi Aarnio-Linnanvuori, Dr. Sakari Tolppanen

    Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time, which is why it is also a central theme in education. However, in many countries, climate change education is still viewed and implemented from a narrow perspective, the focus being mainly on knowledge development. Though knowledge is important, climate change...

    Need tools for climate change education? Try the bicycle model 
  18. Standards and working conditions 29 October 2021

    UNICEF’s Innocenti Report on teacher absenteeism in Africa: The wrong approach at the worst time

    Dennis Sinyolo

    This year, as the education community around the world gathered to mark World Teachers’ Day (5th October) and celebrate teachers for their dedication to duty and contribution to quality education for all, Twitter users were greeted by a message from UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti, sharing their recent report on teacher...

    UNICEF’s Innocenti Report on teacher absenteeism in Africa: The wrong approach at the worst time