The NUT has campaigned consistently over the last year on behalf of trade unionists caught up in the protests in the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently the NUT has sent letters to those in power in Bahrain, as well as raising awareness of the campaign and petition, calling for the release of imprisoned Bahraini Teachers Association (BTA) officials. The officials, including the President of the BTA, have been unjustly jailed and mistreated for carrying out legitimate trade union activities. Go to http://www.labourstart.org/cgibin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=1247&src=lsmm to join the campaign for justice.Huffington Post UK Reports ‘NUT’s Dramatic Intervention’
The NUT action in support of teachers, unionists and students in Bahrain has been reported by Huffington Post UK. The article quotes the Union’s correspondence with the British Ambassador in Bahrain, in which the General Secretary expresses concern regarding the lengthy prison sentences issued to the President and the Vice President of the Bahraini Teachers Association for their involvement in peaceful protests. Christine Blower calls for British Embassy support of the BTA officials at their forthcoming appeal. The Huffington Post UK coverage of the Union’s work is a welcome augmentation of the campaign.Solidarity with Imprisoned Turkish Trade Unionists
The Union has acted in defence of unjust prison sentences imposed by Turkish courts on twenty five Turkish trade unionists, for engaging in trade union activities, legitimate under the International Labour Organisation conventions. In a letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey the General Secretary condemned the harsh sentences and urged positive intervention in accordance with trade union and human rights.
For more information about the Union’s solidarity work go to http://www.teachers.org.uk/international/campaignsJustice for Colombia Peace Campaign
Justice for Colombia has launched a new peace campaign. Nineteen teacher trade unionists were killed in 2011. To join the campaign for genuine democracy and social justice in Colombia go to: http://justiceforcolombia.org/NUT Marks Holocaust Memorial Day with Reception and Launch of New Teaching Resource
On 31 January 2012 NUT members and guests attended a reception, organised jointly between the NUT and the Holocaust Educational Trust, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The event was also an opportunity to launch the newly developed teaching resource ‘Mosaic – Victims of Nazi Persecution’. The materials provide an understanding of the different groups persecuted by the Nazi regime, including Gypsies, Jews and disabled people. The teaching pack is designed to be added to in future, for example, a case study on the persecution of trade unionists will be added next. The education materials, which include case studies, posters and postcards, can be accessed at http://www.teachers.org.uk/teachingresources/holocaust .Playfair 2012
The Playfair 2012 teaching resource ‘Fair’s Fair – life and rights in the global sports industry’ has proven popular, teachers can request a copy to be posted to them via email@example.com The London 2012 Olympics provides a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn more about who makes the sportswear and sporting merchandise they buy. Fair’s Fair brings alive the concepts of human rights, equality and fairness by telling the stories of people who make these goods in poorer countries, often working with few rights, and for poverty wages. For more news on the campaign go to http://www.playfair2012.org/Matarr Baldeh, Commonwealth Professional Fellow, Joins the NUT
Matarr Baldeh reported from his week at the National Union of Teachers, which formed part of the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship. “I spent one week – October 31st to November 6th 2011 – in the offices of National Union of Teachers (NUT) UK and attended two conferences. One of the two conferences I attended was part of the Professional Development Programme, with the event helping teachers to acquire skills in how to ‘Internationalise Learning’.
The adage ‘no one is an island’ explains the fact that we are all interdependent in our families, communities and countries. We need each other to meet our basic needs to survive, thus it should be the first reference point in our desire to “internationalise learning and global interdependence”. In the Gambia for example in the teaching of Social and Environment Studies, teachers relate the family, community and country to the learner and how this is also related to interdependence is illustrated through storytelling, drama and music. This is why many Gambian children know quite a lot about other countries in addition to their own. It is also one of the reasons why religious tolerance is very high – Christian and Muslims live side-by-side without any one feeling threatened by the other.
I also attended the Black Teachers Conference at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham, Lincolnshire (5th - 6th November 2011) and met with more than 100 teachers. This was a wonderful experience since I was able to share and learn about the contributions and challenges teachers in both UK and Gambia are making and facing on a daily basis. The wealth of experience and knowledge about teaching and their contributions was impressive and left an everlasting impression in my mind.”
For the full version of this report go to: http://blog.results.org.uk/2011/11/22/matarr-baldeh-reports-from-the-nut/
Send My Friend to School is the UK campaign for universal education for all, working with the Global Campaign for Education. The theme for the 2012 campaign is ‘Go for Gold’. In this Olympic year athletes from around the world test their abilities in hundreds of sporting events. Every child should have the opportunity to develop their abilities, through education. The 2012 campaign includes a range of creative learning, campaigning and fun activities to engage the whole school during the summer term of 2012. Go to http://www.sendmyfriend.org/ for a school pack now.
In January the NUT was very proud to support a wonderful Send My Sister to School exhibition in the House of Commons. The exhibition celebrated the efforts of the half a million children in schools up and down the country who took part in last year's campaign, reminding world leaders of their goal of getting all children in school by 2015. Many MPs visited the exhibition and pledged their further support for the Olympic themed 'Go for Gold' campaign in 2012.Young Ambassadors
Eilidih Naismith and Billy Davidson, from Glasgow, are the Send My Friend to School Young Ambassadors for 2012. They will be helping to get children in the UK involved in the campaign. They are travelling to Malawi in February to meet children and find out for themselves about what stops young people getting an education. On their return they will be encouraging schools to take part in Send My Friend to School’s Go for Gold activities this year.New Research on UK Students’ Global Understanding
The British Council and Think Global have published new research showing that businesses in the UK are concerned about British students’ level of global understanding. Three quarters of the 500 business leaders polled thought that young people’s horizons were not broad enough to operate in a globalised economy. They agreed that schools should be supported to teach more globally. The report, ‘The Global Skills Gap’, can be found at: http://www.thinkglobal.org.uk/resources/item.asp?d=6404Win a Mascot!
Would your school like to own Zakumi, a World Cup 2010 mascot? Zakumi is about four feet tall and two feet wide, his name means (ZA) South Africa, (Kumi) ten, South Africa 2010. Donated by ACTSA, Action for South Africa, Zakumi was produced as a mascot for one of the World Cup 2010 promoters. Zakumi has been residing in the ACTSA head office in London since then.
If you would like Zakumi for your school or community setting please contact firstname.lastname@example.org telling us how the mascot might be of use to you. We will liaise with the NUT office local to you to arrange delivery. The best response wins!
Don’t forget that ‘Football and Freedom’, a pack of teaching resources which explore South Africa’s History, Culture and Context, is available on the NUT web site at: http://www.teachers.org.uk/footballandfreedom
International Development: It’s Union Work
The next NUT national training course for members on international development will be held at the NUT’s national training centre, Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham in Lincolnshire from Friday, 23 to Sunday, 25 March 2012. The course is available to all members who would like to be involved locally in international development issues. Members on previous years’ courses have found the course inspiring and informative – go to http://www.teachers.org.uk/courses to apply.Contact Us!
Whatever you do share your experience by emailing email@example.com.
Visit http://www.teachers.org.uk/ for more information on our international work
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