Ei-iE

Union renewal and development

We bring together our member organisations to discuss and share experiences, good practices and ideas on responding to collective challenges. Together we are building the education unions of the future: mass participation organisations that reflect the diverse interests and identities of their members and offer educators a multitude of ways to engage and contribute.

Our work in this area

  1. News 25 July 2019

    Educators come together to share lessons on democracy

    A book, written by EI President Susan Hopgood and former EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen, entitled “On Education & Democracy; 25 Lessons from the Teaching Profession”, was launched by the co-authors during the EI Congress in Bangkok on the 23th of July at the opening of a special session...

    Educators come together to share lessons on democracy
  2. News 24 July 2019

    First Young Advocates Round Table at the EI World Congress

    Today, the 8th EI World Congress hosted the first Young Advocates Round Table. With a strict age limit of 35, participants sat together and developed strategies on how to boost union renewal.

    First Young Advocates Round Table at the EI World Congress
  3. News 24 July 2019

    Second day of the 8th EI World Congress in pictures

    July 23 was the second day of our World Congress and a day dedicated to democracy, recognising the challenges it is facing and standing up to protect it. The highlights of the day were the inspiring speech delivered by Maria Ressa and the launch of "On Education and Democracy: 25...

    Second day of the 8th EI World Congress in pictures
  4. News 24 July 2019

    Unions on the Frontlines

    In a well-received speech at Education International’s 8th World Congress, guest speaker Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and former EI Vice-President, argued that education workers’ unions must be involved in the fight for democracy, a new social contract and climate change.

    Unions on the Frontlines
  5. News 23 July 2019

    25 lessons for vision, progress and hope: Educators stepping up to defend democracy

    The second day of the 8th EI World Congress was dedicated to democracy and the ways in which education can support and protect it. The highlight of the day was the launch of “On Education and Democracy: 25 Lessons from the Teaching Profession”, a book co-authored by Fred van Leeuwen,...

    25 lessons for vision, progress and hope: Educators stepping up to defend democracy
  6. News 23 July 2019

    Congress celebrates democracy and trade union rights

    The 8th EI Congress dedicated the 23rd of July to celebrating democracy and rallying to support and protect it. Guy Ryder of the International Labour Organisation and Maria Ressa of Rappler addressed Congress and offered words of encouragement and solidarity.

    Congress celebrates democracy and trade union rights
  7. News 23 July 2019

    Climate change: A hands-on guide for educators

    Climate change is high on the agenda of EI’s 8th World Congress. Now educators have the chance to gear up the fight against the climate crisis from their classroom thanks to a new informative guide.

    Climate change: A hands-on guide for educators
  8. News 23 July 2019

    First day of the 8th EI World Congress in pictures

    Elections, a rousing speech by our Secretary General David Edwards, an inspirational intervention by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi and great debates on resolutions - these are the highlights of the first day of Congress. Have a look at the pictures of the day on the Education International Flickr....

    First day of the 8th EI World Congress in pictures
  9. News 22 July 2019

    Joining forces to change the world

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi sparked hope for change among delegates at the EI World Congress with a motivational speech on leadership, change and justice.

    Joining forces to change the world
  10. News 22 July 2019

    Constitutional change to ensure gender balance, election of Executive Committee and adoption of resolutions mark first day of Congress

    In a historic move, the Education International (EI) 8th Congress carried a resolution modifying the constitution that greatly promotes gender balance in terms of representation within their own global union. As a result, open seats for election have increased to 10 from 9 - with 50% of those seats designated...

    Constitutional change to ensure gender balance, election of Executive Committee and adoption of resolutions mark first day of Congress
  11. News 22 July 2019

    Progress Report to EI World Congress: We are the ones we've been waiting for

    Education International (EI) General Secretary David Edwards delivered the global union’s Progress Report and reassured delegates that despite all the world’s tyrants, dictators, haters, racists and democracy in disarray, he believes “progress has not paused; progress is not retreating or failing as some in the commentariat would have you believe.”

    Progress Report to EI World Congress: We are the ones we've been waiting for
  12. Opinion 22 July 2019

    “Our Mandate”, by David Edwards

    David Edwards

    Being elected General Secretary of EI is a great honour. It is a challenge to live up to the confidence that has been given by the representatives of education workers from all regions of the world. It is also comforting to join that small team of talented leaders elected on...

    “Our Mandate”, by David Edwards
  13. News 22 July 2019

    Radio Labour reports on EI Congress

    Radio Labour has joined us in Bangkok for the 8th EI World Congress. Reports on each of the three pre-Congress days are available online. All of the upcoming Congress days will also receive Radio Labour coverage so stay tuned!

    Radio Labour reports on EI Congress
  14. News 22 July 2019

    21 July Women's Caucus and Congress opening in pictures

    The Women's Caucus met on Sunday, 21st of July in Bangkok. After a busy day, the Congress was officially open by EI President Susan Hopgood. Have a look at the pictures of the day on the Education International Flickr. Feel free to use them to spread the word about our...

    21 July Women's Caucus and Congress opening in pictures
  15. News 21 July 2019

    Leadership in social justice at the core of women’s agenda

    The Women's Caucus met today in the framework of the 8th EI World Congress. In her welcoming remarks, Susan Hopgood, president of Education International (EI) reminded participants of the Congress theme - Educators and their unions taking the lead - because “we have to...who will if not us?”

    Leadership in social justice at the core of women’s agenda