Keep up to date with what’s happening around the world in education and trade unionism by visiting this page regularly for the latest updates and by following the links below to the Department for International Development UK (DFID), Education International (EI), International Labour Organisation (ILO), Teacher Solidarity and the Trades Union Congress (TUC). (Please note that the NUT is not responsible for the content of external sites).
Pearson Strikes Again – This Time In The Philippines
The edubusiness Pearson is yet again profiting from poverty in the Global South. A new EI report launched this week shows that Pearson is promoting Affordable Private Education Centres in The Philippines which are well out of the reach of poor families. Read the report here.
Turkey: Message of solidarity to members of Eğitim Sen
The General Secretary has written a message of solidarity to members of Eğitim Sen in Turkey after the attack by apparent suicide bombers on a demonstration called to press for peace. Click here to read the NUT’s message.
Iran – Immediate Release of All Teacher Unionists
The General Secretary has written to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemning the continuous harassment and unlawful arrests of education unionists. Six members of the Iranian Teacher Trade Association have been arrested for exercising peaceful and legitimate trade union activities. Click here to read the letter.
A message of solidarity to Kenya National Union of Teachers
The General Secretary has written a message of solidarity to Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to recognise and support the KNUT’s campaign for fair conditions, pay and salary structures for teachers in Kenya. Click here to read the NUT’s message.
Request for the immediate release of the general secretary of the Iranian Teachers' Association, Mr Esmail Abdi
Please ACT NOW for the release of Ismail Abdi, General Secretary of Iranian Teachers Association, who was told that his 10 year sentence, imposed for trade union activity, would be implemented unless he resigned from the teachers' union and the post of General Secretary. International pressure upon the Iranian government is vital if we are to achieve Mr Abdi's release please send your letter here and find out more here.
Read the letter from the NUT.
TUC Briefing on TTIP
Click here to read the TUC briefing on TTIP. This document gives a description of what TTIP and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) is and what activities the TUC and unions have been engaged in dealing with the issue to date.
A message of solidarity from the NUT to support German teachers
German teachers along with other public sector workers will be striking over pay on specific dates in March. A message of solidarity has been sent on behalf of the NUT to support German teachers and reinforce the fact that we believe that teaching profession must have: remuneration that is commensurate with the importance of the profession; professional autonomy; and good conditions of work and pay..
Taliban attack on army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan
Christine Blower: "This cold blooded attack is appalling. Education is a fundamental right. Children and young people should be able to attend school in the knowledge that they will be safe. It is shocking that they should have been targeted in this utterly reprehensible way."
Documentary – One day in the life of a teacher
A new documentary produced by Education International with support from the Open Society Foundation has been launched. It follows teachers from all over the world to shed light on what teachers’ everyday lives look like. ‘One day in the life of a teacher’ highlights similarities and differences, as well as challenges faced by teachers today. Watch it here.
Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her hard work promoting the right for girls to have an education. General Secretary, Christine Blower, has sent Malala a letter congratulating her on her enormous achievement and wishing her a bright and prosperous future. Read the letter here.
New Report: Send ALL My Friends to School
Millions of children with disabilities are missing out on school. A new report from the Global Campaign for Education UK investigates what the UK is doing to help. For further information and to read the report click here.
Launch of Migration Portal
Education International’s migration portal and the study on teacher migration and mobility were launched on May Day. View these important tools here.
Concern for Human Rights in Bahrain
The General Secretary has written this week to Hugh Robertson MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Prince Andrew, Patron of the Middle East Association, urging a recognition of human rights problems that exist in Bahrain and calling for greater transparency in terms of the rights of all sections of the population. Read the letters here and here.
The NUT’s delegation to Palestine
The NUT has been campaigning for justice for the Palestinian people since 1982. From 27 October to 2 November 2013 a delegation went to Palestine to show our solidarity with the teachers and to conduct a study into the plight of children. You can read the report of the delegation’s work here.
Bahrain: Release of Prisoner of Conscience Denied
On 1 July 2013, the Court of Cassation rejected a request made by lawyers acting on behalf of Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Deeb, the former President of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA) for temporary release. View the letter the General Secretary wrote to the King of Bahrain condemning this decision.
Greece: Solidarity on Vocational Education
The General Secretary has written to the Greek Government protesting about its attacks on vocational education.
Click here to read the NUT’s letter.
Statement on Greece
Public education and teachers’ working conditions in Greece are suffering a strong blow once again by the government and the Troika. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) stands in solidarity with our Greek colleagues. Click here to see a statement by the General Secretary (September 2013).
Israeli Soldiers’ Use of Palestinian Teenager as Human Shield
The General Secretary has sent a letter to Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs protesting about Israeli soldiers using a handcuffed Palestinian teenager as a human shield. You can view the letter here.
Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals
The 2015 Millennium Development Goals are currently being reviewed. This link takes you to a web site that invites dialogue with the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. David Cameron is the Co-Chair of the Panel. Education needs to feature strongly, please join the debate now.
Other sources of news
Education International - Monthly Newsletter
Department for International Development www.dfid.gov.uk
Education International www.ei-ie.org
International Labour Organisation www.ilo.org
Teacher Solidarity www.teachersolidarity.com
Trades Union Congress www.tuc.org.uk/international