Ei-iE

Jens Kalaene
Jens Kalaene

Equity and inclusion

We defend and promote the principles of equity and equality in education, in education unions and in society. We are fully committed to combating all forms of racism and of bias or discrimination due age, disability, ethnicity or indigeneity, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, language, marital status, migratory status, political activism, religion, socio-economic status, trade union affiliation, among others. We are committed to addressing these forms of discrimination through an intersectional lens, which enables a deeper understanding of the complexities of lived experiences.

I think Education International has a leadership role to play… If we’re going to have a more civil society, a more inclusive society, then we have to model that by including men but women as well, people of different ethnic groups or religious backgrounds. All of us have to be involved and be at the table and have that kind of respect.

Professor Mary Hatwood Futrell, First elected EI President, 1993–2004

Promoting and advancing gender equality has always been an Education International priority. We believe that education can play a key role in empowering women and girls and can contribute to breaking through the cycle of gender discrimination. The Education International Gender Equality Action Plan highlights three main priorities:

  1. Promoting women’s leadership and participation within education unions;
  2. Taking action to increase intersectional gender equality in and through education;
  3. Promoting and securing women’s economic empowerment.

The unequal and gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic risks erasing years of progress on equity and inclusion throughout the world. Together with our member organisations, we mobilise to challenge and help dismantle all structures of inequality in education and beyond. As part of this work, we have called for equity audits to be conducted at all levels of education in order to ensure the pandemic does not define the lives of an entire generation of students.

Our work in this area

  1. 22 November 2005

    Teachers for Cultural Diversity!

    A Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions (CCD) has been adopted by the UNESCO General Assembly (October 20, 2005). The Convention reaffirms the link between culture, development and dialogue and creates an innovative platform for international cultural cooperation. The new international normative...

    Teachers for Cultural Diversity!
  2. 28 September 2005

    Tackling barriers to achieve inclusive societies

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students and teachers have the right to a safe learning and working environment. However, there is a gap between public policies and reality. EI is encouraging teachers' unions to defend the right to education of all students though the Education For All programme. In...

    Tackling barriers to achieve inclusive societies
  3. 19 September 2005

    Combating sexual harassment in schools

    The sensitive issue of relationships between teachers and students was raised at a regional seminar held as part of EI’s AIDS/Education For All programme. The unions are agreed that only a zero-tolerance approach will work, particularly since this issue is threatening the image and credibility of the teaching profession. EI...

    Combating sexual harassment in schools
  4. 18 May 2005

    Indigenous People - A question of life or death

    Living in widely differing environments with distinct cultures and languages, Indigenous Peoples, with only a handful of exceptions, are struggling for survival. Their languages, traditions, wisdom and knowledge have disappeared or have been eradicated. Of those that remain, many are, even now, on the very verge of extinction. For EI,...

    Indigenous People - A question of life or death
  5. 18 May 2005

    EI supports GIVE, the Global Indigenous Voice on Education

    “The Answers Are Within Us” expressed the theme of the 6th World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in August 2002. WIPCE celebrated the achievements of Indigenous peoples in transmitting their heritage from generation to generation and welcomed the sharing of successes in the use and enhancement of Indigenous languages...

    EI supports GIVE, the Global Indigenous Voice on Education
  6. 18 May 2005

    Indigenous Peoples - Healing through education

    According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report, published in Peru in August 2003, the political violence between 1980 and 2000 affected urban and rural areas differently. Rural areas and poorer departments had the most number of victims. Four out of ten casualties lived in Ayacucho, and of these...

    Indigenous Peoples - Healing through education