A new primary school curriculum, not now!

A new primary school curriculum, not now!

In North Rhine Westphalia, education unions have launched a joint petition urging the Ministry of Education of the Land (region) to postpone the implementation of a new curricula for primary schools. In the petition (in German), Education International‘s affiliates, the Gewerkschaft für Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) and the Verband Bildung und Erziehung (VBE), joined by […]

COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that teachers cannot be substituted by on-line learning

COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that teachers cannot be substituted by on-line learning

Education International has commented on the release of the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), entitled ‘Positive, High-achieving Students? What Schools and Teachers Can Do’. It has reaffirmed that teachers are and cannot be replaced by education technologies.   The report focuses on the link between the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey […]

No society can recover unless it lives up to the promise of education for all

No society can recover unless it lives up to the promise of education for all

No society can recover unless it lives up to the promise of education for all In a statement released today, the International Day of Education, Education International’s General Secretary David Edwards calls for urgent and decisive action to address all the inequities COVID-19 revealed and exacerbated and to ensure the right to free quality public […]

Education union highlights unequal conditions as it campaigns for quality education

Education union highlights unequal conditions as it campaigns for quality education

The Taiwanese government is widening the social gap and encouraging the privatisation of the early childhood education (ECE) sector. That’s according to the National Teachers’ Association (NTA) in its yearly summary. Public authorities support English as a second language (ESL) in Taiwan, according to the NTA’s 2030 Bilingual Policy. It said the Ministry of Education […]

Webinar discusses Global Education Monitoring Report on Inclusion and Education

Webinar discusses Global Education Monitoring Report on Inclusion and Education

On 9 July, a webinar reviewing the recently released Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) 2020 from the perspective of teachers was co-hosted by Education International, UNESCO, the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030, and the GEM Report. The report, “Inclusion and Education: All Means All” was explained. Its findings were mostly based on […]

Canadian teacher survey exposes damage to education during the pandemic

Canadian teacher survey exposes damage to education during the pandemic

Education International’s member organisation, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE), conducted a survey in which nearly 18,000 teachers participated. It showed unease and concern about the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the well-being of students and teachers. It exposed damage to education stemming from the dependence on distance learning, including the disruption of social relations […]

Union report highlights digital divide for public school students

Union report highlights digital divide for public school students

The Australian Education Union has published a report showing a significant digital gap during the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of digital inclusion for public school students. An independent report commissioned by the Australian Education Union (AEU) has revealed the persistent long-term gap in digital access, affordability, and ability experienced by many public-school students in […]

Union calls for elementary school resumption to reduce digital divide

Union calls for elementary school resumption to reduce digital divide

An Education International affiliate representing elementary school teachers in India has called on the government to fundamentally shift its approach to education. The union voiced its concern over growing inequality stemming from distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. In India, the All India Primary Teachers’ Federation (AIPTF) has called on the country’s government to reduce […]

“Lost generation” risk without post-pandemic rapid action on SDG 4

“Lost generation” risk without post-pandemic rapid action on SDG 4

Today, 4 September, the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) released a policy paper entitled, “Act now: Reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the cost of achieving SDG 4”. The paper argues that acting rapidly as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce costs that would otherwise be necessary to meet Goal 4 on […]

OECD Education at a Glance 2020; education for more resilient societies

OECD Education at a Glance 2020; education for more resilient societies

Today, 8 September, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued its annual Education at a Glance (EAG) report for 2020. Although the data was gathered prior to the shock of COVID-19, the concerns expressed in the findings are only amplified by the pandemic and the economic hardship that it has generated. A key […]