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Young members

Building union power depends on young people. When joining, young and early-stage teachers, researchers and education support personnel may struggle to find a place within their union. We must make sure that they are included and have a voice at all levels of education trade unions.

We work with our member organisations to ensure trade unions meet the needs and expectations of young education workers and that union structures, policies and activities are fully open to them.

Our work in this area

  1. Opinion 1 July 2021

    An online union academy made in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Jacques Taty Mwakupemba, Augustin Tumba Nzuji

    The Online Union Academy [Académie Syndicale en Ligne, ASL] project set up by the Congo National Federation of Teachers and Social Educators (FENECO/UNTC) is part of the capacity-building activities of unions working in the education sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Primary, Secondary and Technical Education; Higher and University...

    An online union academy made in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  2. News 3 June 2021

    Trade union renewal in Asia-Pacific to advance educators’ conditions and representation

    Education International’s Asia-Pacific office has launched new research “Union Renewal in the Education Sector: Prospects for the Asia-Pacific report”. This has provided an opportunity to reflect on the need for education unions to overcome challenges, embrace renewal, and seize opportunities offered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Trade union renewal in Asia-Pacific to advance educators’ conditions and representation
  3. News 4 February 2020

    Ireland: Teachers strike for equal pay

    A strike in secondary schools in Ireland has seen hundreds of establishments closed as teachers all over the country demand an end to pay discrimination.

    Ireland: Teachers strike for equal pay
  4. Opinion 12 October 2019

    #youngteachers “To teach, is to commit”, by Khalid El Mahroug (SLFP, Belgium).

    Khalid El Mahroug

    Teaching is just like life: always full of surprises. Too often, however, these surprises give rise to frustration, disappointment and demotivation. But why, you might ask? It’s simple: education is one of society’s essential foundations and we all know that we must invest in it through well thought out and...

    #youngteachers “To teach, is to commit”, by Khalid El Mahroug (SLFP, Belgium).
  5. Opinion 10 October 2019

    #youngteachers “Career attractiveness and resources to foster inclusion”, by Laurent Berck (SNE/CGFP, Luxembourg).

    Laurent Berck

    Luxembourg’s shortage of qualified primary school teachers has often made the front pages in recent years, even though the OECD has once again reported that Luxembourg’s teachers are the best paid. A shortage and an exceptional salary may seem like an inexplicable paradox, even to those of us in Luxembourg,...

    #youngteachers “Career attractiveness and resources to foster inclusion”, by Laurent Berck (SNE/CGFP, Luxembourg).
  6. Opinion 9 October 2019

    #youngteachers “Trade unions at your side!”, by Michal Horník (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).

    Michal Horník

    I have been working in the education sector for five years. It is not a long time but it is not a short time either. I have spent a lot of good time teaching students, cooperating with my colleagues and participating in trade union activities - the activities of The...

    #youngteachers “Trade unions at your side!”, by Michal Horník (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).
  7. Opinion 8 October 2019

    #youngteachers “Finding the balance: my passion as a teacher and its workload”, by Petero Sanele Kubunavanua (FTA, Fiji).

    Petero Sanele Kubunavanua

    I was impressed by the way my teachers, both in Primary and Secondary schools, had taught me. The way they taught was very motivating and contagious. That inspired me to be like them when I grew up.

    #youngteachers “Finding the balance: my passion as a teacher and its workload”, by Petero Sanele Kubunavanua (FTA, Fiji).
  8. Opinion 7 October 2019

    #youngteachers “Join the world of teaching! It’s worth it.”, by Anette Sandvaer (UEN, Norway).

    Anette Sandvær

    Get ready. This is going to be a feel-good story about why you should go out into the world and teach. Also, hopefully it will inspire you to become an active unionist. And if you have left teaching, I will try to convince you to come back to the magical...

    #youngteachers “Join the world of teaching! It’s worth it.”, by Anette Sandvaer (UEN, Norway).
  9. Opinion 6 October 2019

    #youngteachers “Making education a choice career for young Ghanaians”, by Samuel Rainer Donkor (TEWU, Ghana).

    Samuel Rainer Donkor

    After completing university with good grades, I had the chance to do the national service: a one-year mandatory service for Ghanaian students who graduate from accredited tertiary institutions which aims at tackling brain-drain and unemployment hence ensuring that various key sectors are adequately resourced. I did it at the Amansie...

    #youngteachers “Making education a choice career for young Ghanaians”, by Samuel Rainer Donkor (TEWU, Ghana).
  10. Opinion 5 October 2019

    #youngteachers “I owe my union activism to my students”, by Anthony Dowling (TUI, Ireland).

    Anthony Dowling

    If you are passing through Glasnevin Cemetery on the outskirts of Dublin City Centre, you may come across the noticeable yet simple gravestone of James Larkin. Engraved on it is ‘James Larkin 1876-1947, The Labour Leader’. Larkin’s Gravestone may be simple but the legacy he left behind is much more...

    #youngteachers “I owe my union activism to my students”, by Anthony Dowling (TUI, Ireland).
  11. Opinion 27 June 2019

    "Teacher ethics: ethics of presence", by Eirick Prairat.

    Eirick Prairat

    The professionalisation of the teaching profession, initiated at the beginning of the 1990s, was conceived solely in terms of technical skills. There was little talk of ethics at the time. In this text, we would like to show that far from being “an extra soul”, ethics is at the heart...

    "Teacher ethics: ethics of presence", by Eirick Prairat.
  12. Opinion 20 June 2019

    “The Fast Track for Newly Arrived Teachers in Sweden: the union’s perspective”, by Patrik Ribe.

    Patrik Ribe

    In 2015 the number of immigrants seeking asylum in Sweden reached record numbers. In total, Sweden received 163 000 asylum seeking refugees that year. For us. as a teachers’ union, it was natural to contribute to the creation of a system that would make good use of the teaching competence...

    “The Fast Track for Newly Arrived Teachers in Sweden: the union’s perspective”, by Patrik Ribe.
  13. News 5 November 2018

    Young African trade unionists unite to develop ways to strengthen unions

    The first Education International regional seminar for young and early stage education unionists has clearly shown the young African education unionists’ commitment to not only increase their involvement in their own unions but also support education policies that promote quality education for all in the region.

    Young African trade unionists unite to develop ways to strengthen unions
  14. Opinion 11 October 2017

    Think Global, Act Local: Perspectives from EI Young Advocates' workshop

    Gabriel A. Tanglao

    I am a young teacher from New Jersey with over seven years in the classroom. This summer, I traveled to seven different cities to participate in ten different conferences. We had powerful conversations around racial justice in education, progressive movement-building, leadership development, and more. The most impactful experience was the...

    Think Global, Act Local: Perspectives from EI Young Advocates' workshop
  15. News 25 April 2016

    Russia: Exchange and development for young professionals

    During an intensive week of training workshops, lectures, and exchange of experiences, over 200 young teachers from all over Russia and neighbouring countries came together to discuss strategies for on-the-ground trade union work in the Russian Federation and beyond.

    Russia: Exchange and development for young professionals
  16. News 19 May 2015

    Russia: Intensive training for young professionals

    During a week of training, sharing experience and exchange, over 150 young teachers from all over Russia have come together to discuss strategies for on-the-ground trade union work in the Russian Federation’s roughly 60,000 schools.

    Russia: Intensive training for young professionals