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.)
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