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).
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.
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!
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.
Think everything is ok in Burma now?
With the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and the British government giving Burma’s President Thein Sein red-carpet treatment when he recently visited the UK there is a danger of a growing perception that everything is ok in Burma now. But it isn’t. Hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail, attacks against ethnic minorities continue, reports of rape by Burmese Army soldiers have increased, and almost all repressive laws remain in place. Read Burma Campaign’s detailed briefing of the many horrific human rights abuses still going on in Burma 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