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Letter of solidarity FECODE Columbia
The General Secretary has written a letter of solidarity to the President of Colombian union FECODE. Read the letter here.

Freedom for Iranian teacher union leader Esmail Abdi
General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, has written to the Supreme Leader and President of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemning the six-year jail sentence and the harsh detention conditions imposed on Esmail Abdi, a leader of the Tehran Teacher Trade Association who has been on hunger strike since 30 April. Read the letter here.

Bridge International Academies adds intimidation to its business plans
The General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, has written to DfID, the World Bank and Pearson regarding the NUT’s deep concern that Bridge International Academies has commenced legal proceedings against the Kenyan National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and its General Secretary, Wilson Sossion, for exposing its business plan which undermines the attainment of inclusive and equitable quality education for all consistent with SDG4.

Joint Union letter to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank
Bridge International Academies are a high-tech scam. A child needs more than a tablet. Now African governments are closing Bridge schools for their abject failure to meet basic educational standards, and for putting “the life and safety of students in danger.” Yet instead of supporting democracy through free public education, the World Bank and its venture capitalist partners continue to impose this costly for-profit, robot-based education model on school children and families. See letter to Jim Yong Kim.

Investing in the crisis: Private participation in the education of Syrian refugees
Click here to read ‘Investing in the crisis: Private participation in the education of Syrian refugees’, Education International's latest report produced as part of the Global Response to the growing commercialisation and privatisation in and of education.

The journey of Sakine Yıllmaz
Click here to watch a new documentary film about the fate of Sakine Yillmaz, former General Secretary of Egitim Sen, and her life as a refugee in Germany. It sheds light on the oppression and persecution of tens of thousands of teachers in Turkey.

Deportation of Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Chairperson from Israel
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary has made a statement regarding the deportation of Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, on Sunday night by the Israeli authorities. Click here to read the statement.

The International Development committee inquiry into 'Difd's Work on Education: Leaving no one behind?'
The NUT's submission focuses principally on three issues - funding for global education, low-fee private schools and the teacher gap to meet the global education targets. Read our submission here.

Schooling the Poor Profitably
The education provided by Bridge International Academies (BIA) in Uganda disregards legal and educational standards established by the Government, according to a new study by Education International (EI)

This report on Uganda shows that Bridge International Academies continues to undermine the provision of education as a human right and a public good in the Global South. BIA is supported by UK DfiD and both are complicit in compromising the rights of poor children who cannot afford to go to these so called low cost schools by damaging the provision of state education. The NUT notes that the Government says it's opposed to profitmaking from state schools in the UK and we reiterate our call to DfiD to immediately cease the use of UK taxpayers’ money to promote the privatisation of education in countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and India.

Read the full report here.

NUT stands in solidarity with Turkey
Christine Blower has written a message of solidarity to our colleagues at Eğitim Sen and expressed concerns regarding the ongoing targeting of education employees in Turkey. Read the letter here.

The NUT stands in solidarity with Mexico
Christine Blower has written to our colleagues at the CNTE in Mexico expressing solidarity with the struggle for democratic and public education in Mexico. Read the letter here.

Silencing and punishment of educators in Turkey
General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, has written to Ambassador Abdurrahman Bilgiç at the Turkish Embassy in London regarding the silencing and punishment of educators in Turkey. Read the letter here.

Commonwealth Teachers’ Group

The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding.

The NUT is a founding member of the Commonwealth Teachers’ Group which operates under the auspices of Education International.

In this section you will find information about our work in the Commonwealth.