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.
Support American Colleagues' National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools
On Friday, 20 April 2018, the National Education Union will be supporting American colleague's National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools. On this day, members are encouraged to wear orange to show their solidarity with US educators and unionists demanding action on gun control in their country. The Union is also encouraging members to observe a moment of silence at 11.20 am in memory of the victims of school shootings, and to share this with colleagues in their schools. Please take photos of any action taken and share with the Union via social media. Click here for suggested tweets.
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.
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
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.
Cuba Solidarity Campaign launches appeal for victims of Hurricane Irma
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign has launched an appeal to support those affected by the recent hurricane in the Caribbean. To date,10 people have been killed in Cuba and millions have been evacuated as a direct result of Hurricane Irma. To read more about the appeal and to make a donation, please visit the CSC website.
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
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.
To mark World Teachers' Day on 5 October the NUT, Amnesty International UK (AIUK) and University and College Union (UCU) hosted a well-attended event at NUT Headquarters. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about the current issues in Turkey, whilst standing up for teachers with the theme of 'Teachers will not be silenced'. Learn more by reading the TUC's emergency motion, supported by the NUT, on Turkey here and a letter from Egitim Sen the teachers union in Turkey.
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.
The NUT, alongside teacher unions and NGO’s from across the globe, have huge concerns about the role played by ‘edu-business’ in shaping an education policy increasingly based upon high-stakes testing, an increasing ‘exam factory’ culture in schools, and the spread of for-profit education. Pearson invest heavily in lobbying various governmental and inter-governmental organisations to forward their business aims at the expense of promoting free public quality education.
On 5 May, trade unionists gathered at the AGM of education privatiser, Pearson, to contest its investment policy. Representatives of unions from Britain, Japan, USA, Australia, Sweden and Germany, joined with teacher organisations in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, facing the brunt of company practices.
End FGM and Child Marriage
Girls from Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, often forced to marry early, have started a revolution with the support of Amnesty International. They are standing up and saying no to FGM and child marriage, the tradition that denies them an education, a life of their own and their human rights. The NUT is a communications partner with Amnesty International on this campaign. Click here to make a donation.
Click here to read the TUC description of what TTIP and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) are and what activities the TUC and unions have been engaged in dealing with the issue to date.
More than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were recently abducted from their boarding school and are reported to be eventually sold as brides for $12 each. Call on all world leaders and enabled parties to rescue them. Sign the “Bring Back Our Girls” petition to show your support for the safe return of the missing girls and protection of education for all Nigerian children.