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Global matters - spring 2015   Global Stage
Autumn 2016    

Archive of Global Matters

Hurricane Matthew
Christine Blower sent the following message to our colleagues at UNNOEH, FENATEC, CNEH and UNNOH in Haiti: I write on behalf of the over 300,000 members of the National Union of Teachers in England and Wales. The magnitude of the disaster and human tragedy in Haiti, following the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew, is of grave concern to the NUT nationally. We are particularly concerned about the impact on children and their families, teachers and education. We send you our solidarity greetings and hope that you and your members are safe. Please do let us know if we can be of assistance in any way.

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.

Large scale violation of Turkish education employees’ rights
Christine Blower has written to Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey, to express deep concerns regarding the ongoing targeting of education employees in Turkey, in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt. Read the letter here.

Ecuador threatens to shut down teachers' union
Christine Blower has written to Augusto Espinosa Andrade, Minister of Education of the Republic of Ecuador, to strongly condemn the procedure initiated by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Ecuador to dissolve the teachers’ union, Unión Nacional de Educadores (UNE). Read the letter here.

Ugandan parliament orders Bridge Academy schools closed
In response to its failure to meet educational and infrastructure standards, Bridge International Academies has been instructed by the Ugandan government to close schools until further notice. Bridge currently has 80 pre-primary and primary schools in Uganda run by American founders Jay Kimmelman and Shannon May. This is a significant victory for the global movement against privatisation of education. Click here for more information.

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.

A message of support following Munich shootings
Christine Blower has written a message of support and solidarity to our colleagues at the German Education Union, GEW, following the Munich shootings. 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.

NUT stands with Turkish teachers and workers
Christine Blower has written a message of solidarity to our colleagues at Eğitim Sen expressing alarm as events unfolded in Turkey over the weekend. Read the letter here.

Un Message De Solidarité (A message of solidarity)
Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary, has written a message of solidarity to teacher trade unions in France, condemning the recent attack on Nice. Read the message here.

NUT stands in solidarity with Turkey

Christine Blower has written a message of solidarity to our colleagues at Eğitim Sen and expressed concerns and condemned the actions of Turkish authorities who are threatening academic freedom. Read the letter here.

NUT condemns bombing at Istanbul Airport

Christine Blower has written a letter to Eğitim Sen condemning yesterday’s terror attack at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport.

The NUT stands in solidarity with the LGBT+ community in Orlando

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is appalled at the tragedy which has unfolded in Orlando following the massacre by a lone gunman at a gay nightclub. The NUT sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have been affected. The NUT believes that the hatred shown by the attacker has no place in a civilised society. Schools and education have a significant role in preventing the development of hatred towards LGBT+ communities. This tragedy underlines the need for schools to continue to play their part in fighting intolerance. We stand in solidarity with the LGBT + community in Orlando and internationally who have been targeted in this horrendous way. Hope not Hate have opened a book of condolence which you are encouraged to sign http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/s/orlando

Re-instate all 3,300 Oaxacan teachers

NUT General Secretary, Christine Blower, has written to the President of the United Mexican States demanding the reinstatement of all 3,300 Oaxacan teachers dismissed for exercising their right to protest. 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.