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Solidarity in COVID-19 times and beyond: together for a better future for all

2021-04-07

Guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-04-28

    EI and OECD launch Principles for Effective and Equitable Educational Recovery

    How will we ensure effective and equitable educational recovery from COVID19? Education International and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) developed ten key principles which every country can use.

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  2. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-12-14

    Education International and UNESCO call for educators to be considered a priority group in COVID-19 vaccinations

    Today, on the 60th anniversary of the Convention that promotes the universal right to education, Education International and UNESCO published a joint message calling on governments and the international community to consider teachers and education support personnel as a priority group in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The call came as some...

    Read more Education International and UNESCO call for educators to be considered a priority group in COVID-19 vaccinations
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-03

    Education International Launches Guide on Auditing Educational Equity in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    To address the strong concerns that have arisen across the world about equity gaps within education as a result of the closure of schools and other educational settings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global federation of education unions has published a Guide for its member organisations on the process...

    Read more Education International Launches Guide on Auditing Educational Equity in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  4. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-07-13

    Learning from one another: EI publishes "Forward to School"

    Education International released its publication Forward to School on 13 July. The document is based on the five pillars identified in the EI Guidance on Reopening Schools and Education Institutions released in April.

    Read more Learning from one another: EI publishes "Forward to School"
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Unions for vaccine equity

  1. Standards and working conditions 2021-05-07

    TRIPS waiver: EU Council and European Commission must support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all

    Education International welcomes the resolution adopted by the European Parliament calling the EU to support the “TRIPS waiver” proposal initiated by South Africa and India to lift intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and medical products.

    Read more TRIPS waiver: EU Council and European Commission must support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-25

    “Covid Story Will End with Equity and Leadership”, by David Edwards.

    My friend and colleague and one of the education giants of our time, Mary Hatwood Futrell, wrote this on the passing of Nelson Mandela in 2013: “We pause to mark the distance we’ve come and keep focus on what’s yet to cover. One thing seems certain as the need for...

    Read more “Covid Story Will End with Equity and Leadership”, by David Edwards.
  3. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-12

    Vaccine nationalism and crisis profiteering: Unions take action

    “Just 10 countries, some of the richest in the world, have administered 75% of vaccinations. Meanwhile, around 130 countries that account for 2.5 billion people have not administered a single dose. This is not an issue on which we can afford to be passive. The only solution to a global...

    Read more Vaccine nationalism and crisis profiteering: Unions take action
  4. Trade union rights are human rights 2021-03-04

    Statement | Education International calls on governments to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and other medical products by waiving intellectual property rights

    Education International, the global federation of education unions, urges Members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to support the “Waiver from certain provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19".

    Read more Statement | Education International calls on governments to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and other medical products by waiving intellectual property rights

What education unions are doing

  1. Leading the profession 2021-06-08

    Education research in the spotlight: COVID-19 recovery and the status of teachers in 2021

    On June 8 and 9, Education International is hosting the annual meeting of its Research Network which brings together education researchers from around the world. The first day of the meeting gave participants the opportunity to share updates on the latest research in the sector and featured a preview of...

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  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-06-08

    The Caribbean Union of Teachers stands up for students on school examinations amid the pandemic

    The Caribbean Union of Teachers has been advocating for 2021 examinations in the region to be adapted to the challenging situation crated by the prolonged educational disruption. At the end of May, the umbrella organisation of teachers’ unions in the region won a first victory as the Caribbean Examinations Council...

    Read more The Caribbean Union of Teachers stands up for students on school examinations amid the pandemic
  3. Future of work in education 2021-06-01

    International Labour Organization: COVID-19 recovery requires investment in education and in training and decent work for educators

    Delegates at the International Labour Organization (ILO) technical meeting on the future of work in the education sector have agreed that education workers need more support if they are to provide the additional learning needed to build a more resilient and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

    Read more International Labour Organization: COVID-19 recovery requires investment in education and in training and decent work for educators
  4. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-05-26

    India: Educators call for worldwide solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic

    Education International Executive Board Resolution

    The Education International Executive Board, meeting online on 26 May 2021, Sadly notes that:1. COVID 19 infections in India have surged since April 2021 and as of 11th May 2021, the Indian sub-continent accounts for almost 50% of the world’s new COVID cases;

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EI COVID-19 Solidarity Fund

  1. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-25

    Niger: Trade union unity on skill development and improved working conditions for teachers

    With the help of the of Education International’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, the national unions that are members of Education International affiliate structure in Niger (IESNI) have collaborated in the organisation of an Inclusive Education Policy Forum, a skill development workshop for twenty-five female teachers, and the organisation of an awareness-raising...

    Read more Niger: Trade union unity on skill development and improved working conditions for teachers
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-11-06

    Burundi: Trade union takes action to raise awareness of COVID-19 and to organise and improve the quality of education through international solidarity

    The Syndicat libre des travailleurs de l'enseignement du Burundi (STEB), thanks to financial support from Education International’s COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, was able to run an important awareness-raising campaign on taking protective measures against COVID-19 and on unionisation in schools, and to organise a conference to take stock of the situation...

    Read more Burundi: Trade union takes action to raise awareness of COVID-19 and to organise and improve the quality of education through international solidarity
  3. Standards and working conditions 2020-11-03

    Palestine: Online training positions education union as a strategic social partner

    The General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT) has reached a landmark agreement on salaries with the national Ministry of Education which has officially adopted the union’s e-learning model.

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Opinions | Stories | Lessons

  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2021-05-31

    “Privatised education: the virus exposed by the pandemic.”

    By Shelley Morse.

    As Covid-19 continues to reap havoc and draw the public’s attention, governments across Canada are sharing a privatisation playbook as they use the pandemic as cover to transform publicly funded public education.

    Read more “Privatised education: the virus exposed by the pandemic.”
  2. Standards and working conditions 2021-05-15

    “Education Support personnel are the glue that holds their schools together!”

    Interview with Becky Marciante.

    Becky Marciante is a Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Mulberry Middle School in Mulberry, Florida (USA) and a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). She has worked for the Polk County Public School system since December 2015. As we prepare for celebrating World Education Support Personnel Day...

    Read more “Education Support personnel are the glue that holds their schools together!”
  3. Standards and working conditions 2021-05-14

    "The tightrope walk: the experience of a guidance counselor through the pandemic", by Daniel Lajoie.

    How to deal with the uncertainty of a pandemic, an unexpected lockdown, new technological tools, and a busy routine with children? Being a tightrope walker dealing with this entire imbalance accurately depicts the experience of a guidance counselor during the main period of the pandemic.

    Read more "The tightrope walk: the experience of a guidance counselor through the pandemic", by Daniel Lajoie.
  4. Standards and working conditions 2021-05-13

    “As a guidance counsellor, I continue to transform the lives of students during a pandemic”.

    Interview with Orlando Guerrero Sandí.

    To mark World Education Support Personnel Day, on May 16th, we interviewed Orlando Guerrero Sandí about his experience during the pandemic. Orlando is a guidance counsellor in the San José de Río Sucio Primary School, located in Sarapiquí Canton (Heredia Province, Puerto Viejo District, Costa Rica). He has 19 years...

    Read more “As a guidance counsellor, I continue to transform the lives of students during a pandemic”.
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