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.
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.
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.