Global Matters - The Union's International Newsletter - Summer 2012
Welcome to the summer edition of the NUT’s e-newsletter bringing you up to date with our international campaigns and activities. Recent months have been busy as events across the globe have led to the need to show solidarity with trade unionists and teachers facing adverse situations.
As well as bringing you news, we hope that this newsletter will also inspire greater participation in international development work. We would welcome your news of any international activity that you are involved in so please keep in touch via email@example.com
Support the Robin Hood Tax Campaign Before the G20
Chancellor George Osborne has written to the NUT General Secretary Christine Blower in response to our call for the introduction of a UK Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). He has stated that the Government is not against FTTs but that more analysis is required. This represents a ray of hope for our campaign. Join the campaign to keep the pressure on the Government in advance of the G20 Leaders’ Summit on 18 June, by contacting your MP here.
The NUT has welcomed the emphasis placed on education by the G8 leaders at their Summit in May. The leaders agreed that structural reforms and investment in education would increase productivity and growth. The trade union movement will maintain pressure on world leaders at the G20 by calling for a boost to investment in public services and jobs.
Justice for Liliany
Liliany Obando, Colombian trade unionist, academic and human rights defender, has been freed after 3 years in detention in a Bogota prison. Liliany had been held in ‘preventative detention’ falsely accused of ‘rebellion’, on the basis of evidence ruled inadmissible. Liliany’s legal team repeatedly filed for her release on this basis, and on 29 February 2012, the Superior Tribunal of Bogota finally upheld their appeal.
Despite her release, the spurious legal case continues. Her security situation remains of utmost concern, as she continues to be branded a terrorist. Please add your voice to make sure Liliany gets the protection she needs urgently. Go to the Justice for Colombia website and send a message to the Colombian Ambassador in the UK.
Dr Miguel Angel Beltran, Colombian academic, union activist and former political prisoner was also detained for more than 2 years in Bogota, without being convicted of any crime. The day after his arrest President Uribe publicly accused him of being one of the most dangerous terrorists; unfounded accusations that were echoed across the Colombian media. Dr Beltran now lives in exile and continues to campaign internationally for human rights in Colombia.
Following an appeal by Tony Benn for solidarity with the people of Greece, signed by thousands across Britain and the world, the Greece Solidarity Campaign has been established. Imposed austerity measures have resulted in the mass impoverishment of the Greek people, the systematic destruction of their social and welfare provision, and the retraction of agreements between employers and trade unions contrary to the constitution of Greece and international conventions.
Local solidarity meetings have been organised, including on 19 June 2012 at 6.30pm in London at which Christine Blower will be speaking. You can support the campaign by attending meetings, volunteering and affiliating to the campaign (for just £12).
To find out more click here.
Please keep the pressure on the Bahraini authorities in support of the jailed Bahraini Teachers’ Association (BTA) President, Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb.
Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb continues to be detained and the BTA is calling for support which they need now more than ever. Please help by signing the BTA petition here.
Playfair 2012 has published a report of its investigations into ten factories producing sportswear for the 2012 Olympics. The report is available to read online here. This link also provides contact details for the sports brand leaders so that you can take action against workers’ appalling conditions.
There is also an opportunity to ‘light the flame for workers’ human rights’ by contacting the International Olympic Committee here.
Almost 6,000 schools have taken part in this year’s campaign so far. Don’t miss out on your free resource pack available by clicking here.
The competition to be the Young Ambassadors for 2013 will take place later this year. Watch out for news on how to get involved by signing up to the Send My Friend to School e-newsletter here.
Gerard Horton from Defence for Children International (DCI) spoke at the NUT Annual Conference in April about Palestinian child prisoners. There are currently over 200 Palestinian children in Israeli detention, some as young as twelve years old, the majority being detained inside Israel. Information about the campaign to protect child prisoners can be found here.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) fights against injustice in Palestine. Bruce Kent, patron of PSC, has launched a plea for donations. If you would like to find out more about donating click here.
The NUT and the Holocaust Educational Trust publication ‘Mosaic: Victims of Nazi Persecution’ is available online here.
Copies of this thought-provoking pack can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , up to three packs per school can be ordered free of charge.
The NUT is working closely with VSO on a number of initiatives, including research. Currently VSO is looking for experienced educationalists to help with work for up to 2 years in countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
For more information click here.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has published the findings of a survey of trade union violations. The 143 countries examined found 76 people murdered for trade union activities, of which 29 were in Colombia. The Americas remain the most dangerous region for trade unionists. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber stated ‘Across the world rogue employers are operating hand in glove with corrupt governments to exploit workers’. The survey can be downloaded here.
Dates have been set for the ILCPD programme for the next school year. There will be two courses available, both being run at Stoke Rochford. A course for primary teachers will be run on 7 to 8 November 2012 and a course for secondary teachers will be run from 20 to 21 November 2012.
For more details and to apply click here.
We are holding an event on Wednesday 26 September 2012 from 10am to 4pm at NUT headquarters in London. This event aims to showcase teachers’ experiences of teaching about global issues following their attendance at the NUT Internationalising Learning CPD programme. The event is free and there will be a range of speakers, so do come along.
Contact email@example.com if you would like to join us.
The NUT will be holding a reception this year to mark World Teachers’ Day on Wednesday 3 October at 5pm at NUT headquarters. The theme of the event this year will be the role of women in education.
If you would like to join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Benjamin Zephaniah, the globally renowned poet, novelist, playwright, musician and television and radio presenter. The lecture will take place on the evening of Friday 19 October 2012 in the Council House in Benjamin’s home town of Birmingham. He will speak on current themes in race, resistance and education. If you would like to attend email: AWL@nut.org.uk
Global Teachers Award
A new national Global Teachers Award (GTA) has been launched by the Consortium of Development Education Centres in England. The Award will support teachers in developing skills and practical approaches to incorporate global learning in the curriculum and promote informed, active global citizenship with pupils.
For more information about the award and courses click here.
The NUT, working with Action for South Africa (ACTSA), has produced school materials to mark the centenary of the African National Congress this year. The pack will be available online in the coming month.
Keep an eye on the NUT website for further details.
Whatever you do share your experience by emailing email@example.com.Visit www.teachers.org.uk/international for more information on our international work.