campaigns - on the global stage
The NUT, in partnership with other organisations, supports a wide range of international campaigns which aim to:
support teachers and their unions, advance high quality education for all, work towards poverty reduction and sustainable development, and promote human rights
Below are some recent campaigns that the NUT has been, and continues to be involved in.
Profiting from poverty, DfID’s support for privatising education
The British Government is using aid money to privatise education across Africa and Asia. So called ‘low cost schools’ are still too expensive for many families and employ badly paid unqualified teachers. The NUT, alongside a number of organisations, has submitted a report to the United Nations challenging DfID’s support for privatisation in education in developing countries. The press release can be read here. Click here to email DfID to ask them to stop funding private companies exploiting the education market in Africa and Asia.
Release Dr Miguel Beltrán
Dr Miguel Beltrán is a Colombian academic. He has published research on the Colombian conflict and is an outspoken critic of the government. He was first arrested in May 2009 accused of ‘rebellion’ and spent two years in a high-security jail awaiting trial. Following a high-profile international campaign, he was released in June 2011. The Colombian authorities have continued to persecute Dr Beltrán for his academic views, culminating in his arrest on 31 July 2015. Click here to urge the Colombian authorities to release Dr Beltrán.
Bahrain - Free Mahdi!
Mahdi Abu Dheeb is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and assembly. This is Mahdi’s fourth year in prison, and he is being denied the medical treatment he urgently needs. Mahdi’s health is deteriorating. Take action and call on the Bahrain authorities to allow Mahdi to receive his medication and to release him immediately and unconditionally.
Alternative Reports on UK's Extra Territorial Obligations Related to the Right to Education / Privatisation Issued to United Nations Committees on The Rights of the Child and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The NUT is supporting the above reports with a number of organisations, including Education International and international and UK based NGOs. The reports challenge DfID's support for privatisation in education in developing countries through its development aid programme. The reports also express grave concern at the relationship between DfID and edu businesses. This report is a vital part of the Union's priority work on privatisation.
A document summarising the report's findings can be found here.
Joint Statement by Trade Unions on Bahrain and the UK
The NUT along with some of the largest trade unions in the UK has signed a statement condemning British failure to act over repression in Bahrain. The statement calls upon the UK government to take measures to tackle the human rights situation and to end the suffering of civilians. It also calls for an independent audit of UK government aid to Bahrain. Click here to read the full statement. To take action by writing to your MP urging them to support the statement click here.
Book launch: Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf
Zed Books and Amnesty International invite you to celebrate the publication of Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf on 7 October. From 7 - 8.30pm there will be a panel discussion and audience Q&A on the book, followed by a drinks reception and activist stalls from 8.30pm. This is a FREE event but booking is essential. For further information and to book click here.
Young Ambassadors 2016 Competition
The search is on for two teenagers to become the Young Ambassadors for the 2016 Send My Friend to School Campaign. The national competition is seeking to recruit a passionate young duo to travel to Kenya and specifically investigate the problems deaf children face in accessing and succeeding in education. For full competition details click here. The closing date is 16 November 2015.
TTIP - progressing the Annual Conference resolution
Further to the resolution carried unanimously at this year’s Conference, local officers will be aware that our policy is outright opposition to TTIP. Next week, the vote on the European Parliament’s recommendations on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) will take place in plenary by all 751 MEPs on 10 June 2015. The European Parliament’s recommendations on TTIP are not legally binding; however the recommendations will set out the position of the European Parliament and therefore critical.
Before the vote in plenary on the European Parliament’s TTIP recommendations, ETUCE has asked all member organisations to approach their national MEPs with the demand that the Members of the European Parliament must ensure that public services including education are safeguarded by explicitly carving out public services from TTIP and exclude the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism from TTIP.
These demands fall short of our policy that TTIP should be abandoned but removing public services from the remit of TTIP and excluding the ISDS would significantly improve the treaty framework. A standard letter is available here and you are encouraged to personalise the text and sent it to your MEP as soon as possible and by 10 June.
List of UK MEPs by region can be found here.
Send my Friend to School 2015 – ‘If I were a world leader…’
2015 is the year that could change 58 million children’s futures. Before world leaders meet in September to decide the future of the world’s children, Send My Friend to School is asking UK pupils to join the global movement and tell politicians what crucial decisions they would make to get every child worldwide into school now. New FREE resources can be found here.
Stand Up for School Petition
World leaders promised to get every child into school by 2015. Now join the world's youth, teachers, parents and global citizens and appeal to the governments to keep their promise. Sign the #UpForSchool Petition now!
Stop the next corporate takeover
A new wave of corporate trade deals threaten to increase global inequality, undermine democracy and hand public service provision to multinational companies. One such deal is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Corporations would be able to sue governments and take away their sovereignty to make decisions for the benefit of their own people. Click here for more information and to sign up to say NO to TTIP.
The boycott of Israeli goods
The boycott of Israeli goods is a key form of peaceful international pressure on Israel. Israel continues to build illegal settlements and the wall, controls Gaza, grows produce and sets up industrial zones on stolen Palestinian land. For more info and to pledge to not knowingly buy Israeli goods click here.
Help save Al Arakib from destruction and forced eviction!
Help save the Palestinian village of Al Arakib from destruction and forced eviction! Phone the Foreign Office on 020 7008 1500, ask them to make urgent representations to the Israeli Government. Tweet the FCO
comment on facebook posts. Sign the petition.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
End G4S support for Israel’s occupation
In a letter published on the morning of the G4S shareholders meeting, renowned artists, academics and writers called on G4S to end all support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine. Add your name to the letter today and call on G4S to end its contract with Israel’s prison authorities.
EDM 49 – Treatment of Palestinian Children
An Early Day Motion 49 has been tabled to raise concerns about the levels of violence faced by Palestinian children from both Israeli military forces and illegal Israeli settlers. Click here to contact your MP and ask them to sign EDM 49.
Child Soldiers International
The UK is one of fewer than 20 countries in the world which has an enlistment age of just 16 years. No other major military power enlists from such a young age. A 16-year-old can’t watch violent war films or play “Call of Duty” on X-box, but they can join the Army under a legally binding contract and train for war. Please email your MP or send them a letter, urging them to ask the Minister for Armed Forces Personnel to raise the minimum enlistment age, by going to this web site now!
Petition: Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls
More than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were recently abducted from their boarding school and are reported to be eventually sold as brides for $12 each. Call on all world leaders and enabled parties to rescue them. Sign the “Bring Back Our Girls” petition to show your support for the safe return of the missing girls and protection of education for all Nigerian children.
Survey: "Education For All"
As part of efforts to advocate for quality public education for all in the post-2015 discussions, Education International (EI) has just launched an online survey to allow teachers and education personnel to assess teaching and learning conditions worldwide. For more information click here or take the survey now.
Act for Palestinian Children Support the campaign by Action for Palestinian Children to ensure the rights of Palestinian children are upheld in accordance with international human rights treaties and international law. For more information and to sign the pledge, click here. You could also help by writing to your MP. For a model letter you can use click here. More information can be found on the A4PC factsheet.
The Rana Plaza Arrangement
Ten months have now passed since Rana Plaza collapsed and 1,138 people lost their lives and over 2,000 more were injured. The majority of the victims were female garment workers. The Rana Plaza Arrangement is an unprecedented coordinated approach which will ensure all those who have suffered due to the collapse will receive payments to cover loss of income and medical costs. Further information can be found via Labour Behind the Label or Clean Clothes Campaign. You can also demand justice for victims of the Bangladesh building collapse here.
The Robin Hood Tax
Eleven countries in Europe pledged to introduce Robin Hood Taxes - netting a combined £30 billion. Those taxes are now under threat from our government. George Osborne is resorting to a desperate legal challenge to try and block these countries from introducing their own taxes. Sign the petition to stop this uncalled for legal challenge. Visit the Touchstone blog link containing the latest Robin Hood Tax video emphasising the benefits of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
Help end under 18 recruitment into Armed Forces
The NUT supports the Pax Christi petition to call on the UK Government to stop its policy of allowing 15 year olds to apply and 16 and 17 year olds to be recruited into the Armed Forces. Recent reports highlight the fact that younger recruits are significantly more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to drink at levels harmful to health, and to behave violently on their return from war. Click here for more information and to sign the petition.
Abolish the UK’s tax havens
Some of the world’s most significant tax havens will be attending the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council in London this week. Support War on Want’s call for the abolition of the UK’s network of tax havens, ensuring all the Overseas Territories end their financial secrecy, introduce effective public registers of beneficial ownership and introduce effective taxes on profits and wealth. Sign the petition here.
Unite for Quality Education
Unite for Quality Education is a campaign of Education International (EI), the voice of teachers and other education employees across the globe. For more information and to join the 30 million members EI represents to demand that quality education for all remains at the top of the agenda for a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous future click here.
Urgent Appeal: Philippines Typhoon
In the devastating wake of Typhoon Haiyan it's feared up to 10,000 people may have died. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes. Action for Children have mobilised teams and supplies to quickly respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families in the Philippines. Please donate today to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal and help Action for Children reach as many children as possible.
Stand with the children of Syria
Over 1 million children are now refugees of Syria. They have lost their home, many, their families, and the opportunity to grow and prosper. Organisations and governments in neighbouring countries are working to provide them with essential shelter, food, and the chance to continue their education. Sign the petition to call on the international community to support the plan to provide immediate education and school meals for Syrian children, which will be delivered at the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September 2013.
Save public education in Greece
The Greek Government and the Troika along with the Minister of Education are condemning 2,500 teachers in Greece to 8-months suspension with 75% of their basic salary, prior to their dismissal. They are also preparing the transference of 5,000 secondary education teachers to primary education and 2,000 to administration. 10,000 non-permanent contract teachers are already dismissed and will not be hired again in September. Sign the petition to save public education in Greece.
My World Global Survey
MY World is a global survey led by the United Nations. It aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world. Vote for education as a priority on the MY World survey here.
Free Colombian Political Prisoners
Omar Alfonso Combita was arrested on 2nd October 2011 and is detained in La Modelo Prison, Bogota, accused of "rebellion". He is an active member of FECODE, the Colombian teachers’ trade union and the director of the Santana Ramos Education Centre. Please take a moment to add your name to the petition to help free Omar.
Medical Aid for Palestinians
As the casualties in Gaza continue to rise, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has been responding to the crisis caused by Israeli air, tank and naval strikes, working with local hospitals, doctors and nurses to ensure that they have the supplies they need. An emergency appeal has been launched as urgent calls for additional medical supplies have been received. MAP needs to raise £100,000 immediately to make sure all hospitals have the necessary medicines and medical supplies to treat casualties. For more information and to make a donation go to https://www.justgiving.com/Gaza-in-crisis
Malala Yousafzai is a 14 year old school girl known for her education and women's rights activism. On 9 Oct she was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen. You can help Malala by signing the AVAAZ petition and demand that the government announces funding for all Pakistani girls who attend school.
European Financial Transaction Tax
Available resources for the Financial Transaction Tax campaign can be found at:
- all supporters resources (FAQs, lobby packs supportive quotes documents) are in the blog
- all posters and leaflets
Please write to your MP to keep the pressure on party leaders.
VSO Valuing Teachers Campaign and Volunteer Opportunities
The NUT supports VSO's campaign which researches what teachers feel about their profession: what motivates them and what helps them perform well. The aim is to inform policy-making and implementation at national and international levels. VSO is currently looking for experienced educationalists to help with this work for 1-2 years in countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
The Steve Sinnott Foundation
The Steve Sinnott foundation, established in the name of former NUT General Secretary, is dedicated towards the pursuit of Steve's passion and support for the UN Millennium Development Goal 2; the achievement, by 2015 of universal primary education for all children around the world.
Global Campaign for Education
The Global Campaign for Education promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfil their promises to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all people; in particular for children, women and all disadvantaged, deprived sections of society. http://www.campaignforeducation.org/