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Climate action and literacy

The world is undeniably facing a climate emergency. As defenders of truth and science, teachers are mobilising for climate justice and literacy.

We are working to ensure climate change education is taught in schools across the world to equip students with the critical knowledge they need in their daily lives and to inform their choices as active citizens. We advocate for climate education to be integrated into curricula, initial teacher training and continuous professional development and for education to be recognised as a key tool in the fight against climate change.

Together with students, with the global trade union movement and civil society partners, we advocate for a just transition in order to secure workers’ rights and livelihoods as economies shift to sustainable production.

Our work in this area

  1. Opinion 4 May 2017

    Building human rights education through global teacher networks

    John Heffernan

    A few years ago, calling for a more robust worldwide embrace of human rights education by invoking the Holocaust, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad said in a speech given at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: “Eight of the 15 people who planned the Holocaust in 1942...

    Building human rights education through global teacher networks
  2. News 1 May 2017

    This May Day, why not try solidarity?

    As the occasion to celebrate and reaffirm the value and values of trade unions, from which their principles continue to inspire, today must also serve as a lens to carefully examine our societies and institutions.

    This May Day, why not try solidarity?
  3. Opinion 29 April 2017

    Education’s Promise for Gender Equality (2/2)

    Gender equality is a stand-alone goal under the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but is also a key aspect of the SDG 4 Quality Education. In light of the forthcoming 2018 World Development Report (WDR) and the influence of the World Bank in shaping global narratives on education...

    Education’s Promise for Gender Equality (2/2)
  4. Opinion 24 April 2017

    Education’s Promise as a Universal Human Right (1/2)

    In 2018, the World Bank will release its first World Development Report to focus exclusively on education, Realizing the Promise of Education for Development (working title). The 2018 WDR Concept Note is available on the World Bank website, and the Report co-directors have been conducting focus-group type consultations seeking feedback...

    Education’s Promise as a Universal Human Right (1/2)
  5. Opinion 12 April 2017

    Competencies for Today and Tomorrow

    Nelly P. Stromquist

    At a recent education conference, I was invited to participate in a panel entitled, “Problematizing future competencies: Learning development in the unknown 21st century.” Something about the title generated resistance in me, so instead of offering suggestions on “competencies” for the “unknown” 21st century, I problematized the theme of the...

    Competencies for Today and Tomorrow
  6. News 10 March 2017

    Standardised tests and Global Citizenship: a flawed relationship?

    The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development is a reminder that governments have committed to universal education for sustainable development, global citizenship and human rights, a commitment made when governments signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Standardised tests and Global Citizenship: a flawed relationship?
  7. News 25 November 2016

    Civil society reacts to European Commission strategy on SDGs

    Education International has joined with other civil society organisations to demand leadership from the European Union to ensure the full implementation of the sustainable development goals.

    Civil society reacts to European Commission strategy on SDGs
  8. News 21 November 2016

    COP22: Education is the fuel of the future

    The crucial role of educators indelivering education for sustainable development and climate change education was reaffirmed at the “Sustainability starts with educators” roundtable at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    COP22: Education is the fuel of the future
  9. News 10 November 2016

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”

    Education unions at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have insisted that this conference be the “action COP”, enabling the implementation process of last year’s formally adopted Paris Agreement.

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”
  10. News 10 November 2016

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”

    Education unions at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have insisted that this conference be the “action COP”, enabling the implementation process of last year’s formally adopted Paris Agreement.

    Education unions want COP22 to be the “action COP”
  11. News 8 November 2016

    COP22: Workers and education at heart of ‘just transition’ to greener economy

    Education International is joining those advocating for a “just transition” to a greener economy and reiterating that education is a powerful tool to counter climate change, at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    COP22: Workers and education at heart of ‘just transition’ to greener economy
  12. News 16 June 2016

    Is Europe’s trade agreement with Canada the Trojan horse of TTIP?

    This was the question being asked as Belgian education unionists and civil society activists debated the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement’s implications on the public sector, in particular education, recently in Brussels.

    Is Europe’s trade agreement with Canada the Trojan horse of TTIP?
  13. News 7 December 2015

    Education is the pathway to a sustainable future

    With COP21 negotiations in Paris focused on reaching a climate agreement, the central role of education in creating a sustainable future has largely been overshadowed, an issue that Education International is urging leaders to acknowledge.

    Education is the pathway to a sustainable future
  14. News 5 December 2015

    A sustainable world begins in the classroom

    As nations continued to negotiate their way toward a climate agreement in Paris, COP21 put education under the spotlight during the fourth day of deliberations to bring into focus the foundation of a sustainable future.

    A sustainable world begins in the classroom
  15. News 4 November 2015

    UNESCO report rethinks education for the 21st Century

    Rethinking Education provides a blueprint of the type of education needed for the 21st century, with a focus on respect for life and human dignity, social justice, and a shared responsibility for a sustainable future.

    UNESCO report rethinks education for the 21st Century