Ei-iE

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. 15 June 2009

    Conflicting views on recovery – G8 Finance Ministers versus reality

    G8 Finance Ministers met in Italy on Saturday 13 June. Their statement was mildly optimistic about recovery, but was at odds with the reality, as reported by trade union leaders the day before in Geneva.

    Conflicting views on recovery – G8 Finance Ministers versus reality
  2. 12 June 2009

    Union values central to economic recovery

    Global economic recovery will require the re-affirmation of our fundamental values -- the right of workers to organize, to be represented by independent trade unions, to build a decent future for themselves and their families. This message was central to the address given by EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen...

    Union values central to economic recovery
  3. 10 June 2009

    A jobless recovery?

    Talk of a “jobless recovery” doesn’t make sense. When labour leaders met with World Economic Forum staff last week, there was some straight talking about this notion and the reality confronting millions around the world. For more details see:http://fundingeducation.blogspot.com .

    A jobless recovery?
  4. 28 May 2009

    Is economic recovery on the way?

    People around the world are looking for signs that the worst of the financial crisis is over, and that recovery may be on the way. US leaders said recently they could see “a glimmer of hope.” The financial media are asking whether the dramatic decline in markets has “bottomed-out.” In...

    Is economic recovery on the way?
  5. 13 May 2009

    Unions organise for economic justice

    “Invest in people!” This is the message that EI will put to governments and key international agencies in coming months as the world searches for a path to recovery from the global economic crisis.

    Unions organise for economic justice
  6. 12 May 2009

    Investing in education is part of solving economic crisis

    Over the past six months, people around the world have watched in growing alarm as it became evident we now are facing the worst crisis in the real economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Unfortunately, working people, who had no hand in creating the crisis, are bearing the...

    Investing in education is part of solving economic crisis
  7. News 27 March 2009

    EI case for education to the OECD Council

    Investment in people must be a key factor in stimulus plans to recover from the financial and economic crisis. This was one of the messages from EI and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), comprising ambassadors from the...

    EI case for education to the OECD Council
  8. 20 March 2009

    PISA: Is testing dangerous?

    The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an internationally standardized test undertaken by random samples of 15-year-old students in 57 countries around the world. It is the best known international comparative study undertaken regularly in education today, and its results have a significant impact on education policy in...

    PISA: Is testing dangerous?
  9. 20 March 2009

    Neuroscience and education: implications for classroom practice

    Did you know that the concept of individuals being left-brained or right-brained is an example of neuroscientific research data being interpreted incorrectly (Willis, 2008)? Or that the practice of identifying learners as auditory, visual or kinesthetic has never been supported by brain research (Ansari, 2008)? These commonly held beliefs have...

    Neuroscience and education: implications for classroom practice
  10. News 15 January 2009

    Education International launches online Policy Library

    As from January 2009, both EI member organisations and members of the public are now able to consult the policy documents of the global union federation that represents employees in the education sector worldwide.

    Education International launches online Policy Library
  11. News 14 November 2008

    Trade unions must be part of any solution to global financial crisis

    Working people, who will bear the brunt of the global financial crisis, must have a seat at the table and a voice in the discussions about causes, consequences and possible strategies to confront the current crisis. This is the main message to the G20 from leaders of the international trade...

    Trade unions must be part of any solution to global financial crisis
  12. 9 September 2008

    SATS fiasco: Standard testing fails Britain

    Britain’s system of standardised testing is in disarray following large-scale bungling by the American company contracted to mark students’ papers.

    SATS fiasco: Standard testing fails Britain
  13. News 5 August 2008

    EI analyses World Bank study

    In a recent study entitled “Education Quality and Economic Growth”, the World Bank explores the strong link between educational quality and economic growth. However, the study’s definition of educational quality and some of the measures proposed for improving educational quality may be controversial.

    EI analyses World Bank study
  14. 5 August 2008

    Analysis of the World Bank's study on "Education Quality and Economic Growth"

    The World Bank has recently launched a new study on Education Quality and Economic Growth. The study was launched by the Bank’s Vice President for Human Development and Chief Economist, in Brussels on 23 June 2008. While the study recognizes the importance of educational quality and the impact teachers make...

    Analysis of the World Bank's study on "Education Quality and Economic Growth"
  15. 5 June 2008

    You’re having a laugh

    The toughest audience can’t hold a candle to Year 9 on a wet Friday afternoon. That’s why so many teachers are a hit at this year’s comedy festival.

    You’re having a laugh