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Opinion

  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education 9 February 2021

    “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.

    Ben Williamson, Anna Hogan

    Educational technologies have become central to higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency in tertiary systems worldwide has enabled private edtech companies, global tech businesses, and the networks of promoters backing them, to define the post-pandemic future of the university.

    “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.
  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 24 January 2021

    “Teaching with Tech: Why Education Unions Must Act Now To Have a Role in Shaping the Future”, by Christina J. Colclough.

    Christina J. Colclough

    After many years of public sector underfunding, the private tech sector has made inroads into virtually all public services. With the self-proclaimed aim to enhance the quality of public services, at a reduced cost and with greater efficiency, especially two sectors are rapidly expanding: Education Technology and Health Technology.

    “Teaching with Tech: Why Education Unions Must Act Now To Have a Role in Shaping the Future”, by Christina J. Colclough.
  3. Democracy 20 January 2021

    “Riot Backlash Hastens Moment of Truth for Internet Giants”

    Aidan White

    As President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated this week in the caged and militarised environment of the US Capitol, battle lines are being drawn in a concerted political attempt to regulate the power of the behemoths of the internet including Facebook, Google, and Twitter. The unregulated dominance of the online world...

    “Riot Backlash Hastens Moment of Truth for Internet Giants”
  4. Trade union rights are human rights 14 January 2021

    “Safe schools: the foundation of recovering children's education from this pandemic”, by Patrick Roach (NASUWT, UK).

    Patrick Roach

    Despite the enormous efforts and sacrifices made by our teachers and education staff, children and young people’s learning has inevitably suffered hugely from the disruption of the pandemic.

    “Safe schools: the foundation of recovering children's education from this pandemic”, by Patrick Roach (NASUWT, UK).
  5. Union growth 8 January 2021

    “Can 2021 be the Critical Year for Climate Change Mobilisation?”, by Susan Hopgood.

    Susan Hopgood

    As we enter 2021 and wish each other a Happy New Year, the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines is a good reason for optimism regarding humanity’s most immediate threat. Unfortunately, when it comes to our most urgent long-term danger – climate change – there is no vaccine, no bright path before...

    “Can 2021 be the Critical Year for Climate Change Mobilisation?”, by Susan Hopgood.
  6. Trade union rights are human rights 5 January 2021

    “Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”

    Kevin Courtney, Mary Bousted

    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...

    “Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”
  7. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 18 December 2020

    “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.

    Brenda Austin-Smith

    Almost overnight in mid-March of 2019, academic staff at universities and colleges heeded the call to stay home and isolate. They transitioned to remote teaching to ensure the education continuity of millions of students during the public health emergency. Campuses were closed down, shuttering labs, and stalling research. Some libraries...

    “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.
  8. Equity and inclusion 10 December 2020

    #16dayscampaign | “When teachers’ unions take action, schools become safer for everyone”, by madeleine kennedy-macfoy (EI) and Rex Fyles (Gender at Work).

    Rex Fyles, madeleine kennedy macfoy

    Gender-based violence in and around schools poses big challenges to education unions and their members. Because everyone in and around schools – teachers, students, education support personnel - can be both perpetrator and victim of such violence, school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is a violation of both the right to quality...

    #16dayscampaign | “When teachers’ unions take action, schools become safer for everyone”, by madeleine kennedy-macfoy (EI) and Rex Fyles (Gender at Work).
  9. Equity and inclusion 4 December 2020

    #16dayscampaign | “Mobilising the community to prevent school dropout among girls following COVID-19 school closures”, by Joan Aja (UNATU, Uganda).

    Joan Aja

    Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) is implementing a girl child education project called Simameni Project supported by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and funded by Global Affairs Canada. The five-year project is intended to increase girls’ access to secondary school education, and to ensure retention and completion. The project has a...

    #16dayscampaign | “Mobilising the community to prevent school dropout among girls following COVID-19 school closures”, by Joan Aja (UNATU, Uganda).
  10. Union growth 1 December 2020

    #16dayscampaign | "Gender-Based Violence in Paraguay: The Other Pandemic", by Paola Giménez (OTEP AUTÉNTICA).

    Paola Giménez

    Within the framework of a profoundly sexist culture, the phenomenon of gender-based violence is linked to violence against women, children and adolescents, particularly those from the poorest sectors of society and those belonging to indigenous communities. Paraguay has one of the highest rates of child sexual abuse in South America:...

    #16dayscampaign | "Gender-Based Violence in Paraguay: The Other Pandemic", by Paola Giménez (OTEP AUTÉNTICA).
  11. Equity and inclusion 25 November 2020

    #16dayscampaign | “Union Responses to Increased Gender-based Violence during Covid-related Lockdowns in Kenya”, by Alice Tuei (KNUT).

    Alice Tuei

    In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the closure of learning institutions and other measures undertaken by the Kenyan Government to prevent transmission within communities and families, cases of gender-based violence (GBV) increased drastically within the communities.

    #16dayscampaign | “Union Responses to Increased Gender-based Violence during Covid-related Lockdowns in Kenya”, by Alice Tuei (KNUT).
  12. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 20 November 2020

    The World Depends on Public Services and Public Services Require Political Will.

    Rosa Pavanelli, David Edwards

    As G20 world leaders meet, it is time for a fundamental overhaul of global investment policy to build for the future. That future depends on public services and the people who provide them. Crisis has brought recognition to “front-line” workers, public and private, who are both visible and essential. However,...

    The World Depends on Public Services and Public Services Require Political Will.
  13. Climate action and literacy 19 November 2020

    “PISA 2018 in Scotland: Something to sing about!”, by Larry Flanagan.

    Larry Flanagan

    There is a football chant that is used to taunt opposing fans, most often when their team is losing, which goes, “You only sing when you’re winning…”, so in that vein let me reflect on the recent place of Scotland in the PISA 2018 results on Global Competencies!

    “PISA 2018 in Scotland: Something to sing about!”, by Larry Flanagan.
  14. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 17 November 2020

    “Copyright limits and learning: lessons from the covid-19 quarantine”, by Carys Craig.

    Carys J. Craig

    The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meets this week against the backdrop of a global health crisis that has fundamentally changed the way we teach and learn. Now copyright law must catch up.

    “Copyright limits and learning: lessons from the covid-19 quarantine”, by Carys Craig.
  15. Equity and inclusion 9 November 2020

    “What about Convention No. 190 in Tunisia? Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work”, by Emna Aouadi.

    Emna Aouadi

    In June 2019, the ILO adopted Convention 190 concerning the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work. Unions have long called for an instrument of this nature. We welcome the adoption of this Convention.

    “What about Convention No. 190 in Tunisia? Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work”, by Emna Aouadi.
  16. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 November 2020

    “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.

    Gohar Hovhannisyan

    It’s a common practice to distinguish the life cycles of students based on their enrolment by academic year or years. These year-numbers help us to navigate and plan. Due to the COVID-19, the year 2020, however, is not defined by its four different numbers but by something from the past...

    “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.
  17. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 28 October 2020

    “Platform University in the Digital Economy”, by Janja Komljenovic.

    Janja Komljenovic

    Digital technological innovations have the potential to improve higher education and bring benefits to students, academics, and university administrators. They also bring new monetisation opportunities. Indeed, the education technology market is worth $187bn with 15% growth rate as estimated by IBIS Capital [1]. Investment in education technology is unprecedented, including...

    “Platform University in the Digital Economy”, by Janja Komljenovic.