The NUT is committed to supporting people around the world in their struggle to achieve decent education, employment, freedom from persecution and discrimination and the right to a say in how they are governed. These development issues are an integral and historic part of the trade union movement’s commitment to global solidarity.
Our development work is divided into four areas:
1. The NUT lobbies and campaigns for broad development issues like more and better aid for developing countries or the cancellation of debt. Much of this work is done in partnership with other organisations such as international trade union bodies or non-governmental organisations.
2. The NUT supports teachers’ unions across the developing world on capacity building and sharing skills.
3. The NUT supports its members to do more on international development and combating global poverty, especially through raising their awareness and professional development activities.
4. The NUT provides solidarity and humanitarian support by developing links with teacher trade unions from developing countries.
Teachers around the world are facing privatisation, performance-related pay, cuts and attacks on their professionalism. In some cases, teachers face arrest, torture and death simply because they are trade unionists. The NUT stands with teachers’ unions around the world to work for teachers’ rights and for all children’s rights to quality, public education.
There are four pillars to the NUT’s international solidarity work.
- Working for:
- teachers’,trade union and human rights; and
- peace and disarmament.
- Campaigning for public quality education for all.
- Supporting the professional development and global awareness of NUT members.
- Strengthening the NUT by learning from the struggles of other unions worldwide.
In Partnership: Fair Progression for Teachers in Gambia
The Gambia Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the NUT are working in partnership to secure a fair framework for progression for Gambian teachers. Many qualified teachers are unable to achieve career progression. For example, a teacher who has served in a management position for ten years can still be working on the normal qualified teacher salary.
Through bilateral partnership with the NUT, the GTU is setting up a forum for teachers to share experiences and to make representations to Gambian government ministers.
‘Internationalising Learning’ Continuing Professional Development Programme
This high quality NUT teacher2teacher programme is free to all teachers and school leaders who want:
- more confidence to teach about international issues;
- embedding of the global dimension within and across the curriculum;
- enhanced learning opportunities for pupils/students on international issues; and
- support for schools in achieving ‘international status’ and strengthening School Development Plans/Self-Evaluation forms.
For more information about the course click here.