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Leading the profession

Teachers and education support personnel know what works in education. They must be recognised and empowered to deliver on the promise of quality education for all.

At the classroom level, academic freedom and professional autonomy are prerequisites for quality teaching and learning. As professionals, teachers must be afforded the space and trust to make the best possible decisions for their students.

Beyond the classroom, education policy must be informed by the vast experience and insights only education professionals can provide. We advocate for the involvement of teachers, education support personnel and their representative organisations in all decision-making in education and work towards the expansion of sectoral policy dialogue at all levels and in all countries.

Our work in this area

  1. News 22 May 2023

    Romania: educators' wages must be increased

    Unhappy with their wages, which they consider humiliating, Romanian educators have mobilised for an indefinite all-out strike to demand better pay for their work and recognition of its social importance.

    Romania: educators' wages must be increased
  2. News 19 May 2023

    From Aveiro to the world: “Go Public: Fund Education Support Personnel”

    Over 70 participants to the 2nd Education International (EI) Education Support Personnel (ESP) Conference, held from 17th-18th May in Aveiro, Portugal, adopted a strong statement urging governments to increase funding in education systems and to invest in trained and qualified education support personnel that have good working conditions, to ensure...

    From Aveiro to the world: “Go Public: Fund Education Support Personnel”
  3. Statements 18 May 2023

    The Aveiro Statement - Go Public: Fund Education Support Personnel

    Education International’s 2nd World ESP Conference: "Building Union Power: Defending the Rights and Status of Education Support Personnel”

    Recognising education support personnel’s important contribution to ensuring equitable, inclusive and quality education for all and fostering the development of the whole student;

    The Aveiro Statement - Go Public: Fund Education Support Personnel
  4. Worlds of Education 15 May 2023

    Defending the essential work of education support personnel for quality public education

    Francisco García Suárez

    With more than 100 000 members, FECCOO is the most representative trade union organisation in the education support personnel (ESP) sector in Spain. Our union believes that the work of ESP in schools around the world is vital for achieving the right to quality education.

    Defending the essential work of education support personnel for quality public education
  5. News 12 May 2023

    Romania: Public authorities must finance education now!

    Around 20,000 education unionists, educators, and concerned citizens protested on May 10th in the Romanian capital city of Bucharest to demand increased investment in education, joining the Education International (EI) “Go Public! Fund Education” campaign.

    Romania: Public authorities must finance education now!
  6. Publications

    Poised for the Future: Transformative Teaching for Global Engagement, Sustainability, and Digital Access

    A Briefing by Education International for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2023
    10 May 2023

    The 13th edition of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession brought together 22 countries to discuss how to strengthen the teaching profession and ensure all students have access to a quality education.

    Poised for the Future: Transformative Teaching for Global Engagement, Sustainability, and Digital Access
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  7. News 4 May 2023

    Education International honours the memory of education champion Perianan Ramanathan

    Education International is saddened by the passing of Perianan Ramanathan on 30 April. Former President of Malaysia’s National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP), Ramanathan played a vital role in the creation of Education International and the global education union movement.

    Education International honours the memory of education champion Perianan Ramanathan
  8. Worlds of Education 26 April 2023

    Ways to empower teachers of the world

    Steven Kolber

    It is time for teachers to be empowered to shape their work and their world, here are some approaches to achieve it!

    Ways to empower teachers of the world
  9. News 25 April 2023

    Summit to focus on key global education issues at EI 30th anniversary

    The 13th annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession convened in Washington, DC on April 25th, amid growing concerns over the teacher shortage crisis, shrinking education budgets, and continuing changes in education technology.

    Summit to focus on key global education issues at EI 30th anniversary
  10. Worlds of Education 25 April 2023

    Teachers as democracy workers

    Keith Heggart

    The work of teachers is something of a contradiction. Governments, policy-makers, educators and parents are often quick to point out the importance of education for young people – and that necessarily highlights the value of teachers. Yet at the same time, in many countries around the world, the profession of...

    Teachers as democracy workers
  11. News 24 April 2023

    Strengthening education unions, a key priority in Latin America

    Cooperation and solidarity, the Pedagogical Movement and women workers in education and their network. These initiatives to strengthen education unions were debated during the Education International (EI) Development Cooperation Café dedicated to the Latin American region.

    Strengthening education unions, a key priority in Latin America
  12. News 20 April 2023

    Iraq: Government must revise national examination questions

    The President of the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU), Abdalwahed Mohammad Haje, has urged public authorities to change the format and questions of the Preparatory Baccalaureate Certificate for students’ eligibility for admission to higher education institutions. Which determines students’ eligibility for admission to higher education institutions. This is to avoid cheating...

    Iraq: Government must revise national examination questions
  13. News 17 April 2023

    Mongolia: FMESU demand just and fair salaries for teachers and education support personnel

    Thousands of education workers answered the call of the Federation of Mongolian Education and Science Unions (FMESU) and peacefully demonstrated on April 6th in Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar to demand increased salaries for teachers and education support personnel.

    Mongolia: FMESU demand just and fair salaries for teachers and education support personnel
  14. Worlds of Education 14 April 2023

    In defense of public education

    Randi Weingarten

    The present article reproduces excerpts from the speech given at the National Press Club on March 28, 2023.

    In defense of public education
  15. News 11 April 2023

    EI solidarity mission to Türkiye: Educators and unionists on the frontlines

    An Education International delegation visited the earthquake-affected area in Turkiye, meeting with teachers, unionists, volunteers, and local leaders to deliver a message of solidarity and convey condolences for the terrible losses suffered, but also to take stock of the scale of the destruction and the needs on the ground in...

    EI solidarity mission to Türkiye: Educators and unionists on the frontlines