International campaigns

The NUT, in partnership with other organisations, supports a wide range of international campaigns which aim to: support teachers and their unions, advance high quality education for all, work towards poverty reduction and sustainable development, and promote human rights.

Below are some recent campaigns that the NUT has been, and you could get involved in.

international campaigns

Play for Cuba

Play for Cuba

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Music Fund for Cuba, and the NEU-NUT Section are collecting instruments to support music education in Cuba. Music is hugely important in Cuba, but the US blockade has limited the availability of instruments and resources. You can help by donating new and used instruments to the appeal. Find out more here.

Back Off Backing Bridge: Pearson AGM Action

Back Off Backing Bridge: Pearson AGM Action

Bridge International is one of the largest education for-profit companies in the world, operating in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, India and Liberia. Its schools use unqualified staff delivering a scripted standardised curriculum in poor facilities – all with the aim of maximising profits. In Uganda and Kenya, Bridge schools have been ordered to shut because the company has breached education laws. Fees charged of some of the world’s poorest parents exploit the aspirations of pupils and undermine what is the universal right to a free, high-quality public education. The NEU joined international allies in early May 2018 to lobby the AGM of publishing firm Pearson, asking them to end their support for Bridge. Colleagues from Education International and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) joined the Union, and the Deputy Chair of Kenya’s Education Committee attended as an observer. A video of the demonstration is available here.

The Gambia Appeal: Steve Sinnott Foundation

The Gambia Appeal: Steve Sinnott Foundation

The cost of sanitary towels and tampons in The Gambia, together with the lack of school facilities for hygienic disposal of used items, means that many girls will miss school during menstruation. It is estimated that girls in The Gambia without access to sanitary products will miss 48 days of schooling every year. The Steve Sinnott Foundation is fundraising to help level the playing field by teaching girls and teachers how to make safe, re-usable pads using locally sourced materials. Click here to find out how you can support the appeal, and see a video update on the campaign here.

Statement on Reports of the Slave Trade in Libya

Statement on Reports of the Slave Trade in Libya

The cost of sanitary towels and tampons in The Gambia, together with the lack of school facilities for hygienic disposal of used items, means that many girls will miss school during menstruation. It is estimated that girls in The Gambia without access to sanitary products will miss 48 days of schooling every year. The Steve Sinnott Foundation is fundraising to help level the playing field by teaching girls and teachers how to make safe, re-usable pads using locally sourced materials. Click here to find out how you can support the appeal, and see a video update on the campaign here.

50 Years Too Many: Ban Israeli Settlement Goods

50 Years Too Many: Ban Israeli Settlement Goods

Over the past 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, more than 1,000 square kilometres of Palestinian land has been taken by the Israeli authorities and used to build illegal settlements. Some of these settlements are used to make products that reach the UK market, including items such as fruit, vegetables, eggs, poultry, honey, olive oil, wine, and toys. Take action to demand that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP bans the sale of Israeli settlement products in UK markets and stops companies in the UK from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods by signing Amnesty International's petition.

Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People

Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People

The international community must come together to end the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Burma. More than 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of attacks from the Myanmar government, and hundreds of men, women and children have been killed. Join Amnesty International's call for an end to the violence by signing the petition on their website, and share the link with friends, family, colleagues and others in your network.

Support Amnesty International's Call for Justice for Human Rights' Defenders in Iran

Support Amnesty International's Call for Justice for Human Rights' Defenders in Iran

Amnesty International (AI) has launched a new campaign that fights for human rights defenders in Iran. The campaign demands the safe and immediate release of jailed trade unionists, seeks to ensure that Iran complies with International Labour Organisation (ILO) trade union conventions, and calls on the Iranian authorities to respect trade unions’ freedom of association. The NEU is particularly focusing on Esmail Abdi, a leader of the Tehran Teacher Trade Association who was unfairly convicted of fabricated charges in 2016 and is currently out on bail. Abdi is featured in AI's young activists' Write for Rights campaign this year, which you can join with your students by clicking here. You can find out more about the campaign and sign AI's petition on their website.

Education International launches campaign demanding justice for Ayotzinapa 43

Education International launches campaign demanding justice for Ayotzinapa 43

Education International, of which the NUT is an affiliate, has launched a global campaign calling for an investigation into 43 forcibly disappeared teacher students in Mexico. September marks three years since students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College were stopped by police on a journey to Mexico City, arrested and never seen or heard from again. EI is demanding reparation and justice for the students and their families.

Secretary of State urged to take action in Ahed Tamimi case

Secretary of State urged to take action in Ahed Tamimi case

Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney has written a letter to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, urging action in the case of 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi. This case has shone a light on the Israeli State's practice of prosecuting children in military courts. Read the letter here, and visit the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Amnesty International UK websites to take action on child prisoners.

Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT)

Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT)

SPOT was launched in March 2014, following the Gezi Park uprisings in Turkey during the previous summer of 2013. The SPOT Network aims to strengthen the struggle of the people of Turkey and intends to provide opportunities for learning and sharing between Turkey and the UK. The union nationally has been working very closely with SPOT and The President sits on its Steering Committee. Local associations are encouraged to affiliate to SPOT. Click here for more information and an affiliation form.

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