The NUT, in partnership with other organisations, supports a wide range of international campaigns which aim to: support teachers and their unions, advance high quality education for all, work towards poverty reduction and sustainable development, and promote human rights.
Below are some recent campaigns that the NUT has been, and you could get involved in.
To mark World Teachers’ Day on 5 October the NUT, Amnesty International UK (AIUK) and University and College Union (UCU) hosted a well-attended event at NUT Headquarters. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about the current issues in Turkey, whilst standing up for teachers with the theme of ‘Teachers will not be silenced’. Learn more by reading the TUC’s emergency motion, supported by the NUT, on Turkey here and a letter from Egitim Sen the teachers union in Turkey.
GERM and Privatisation
The NUT, alongside teacher unions and NGO’s from across the globe, have huge concerns about the role played by ‘edu-business’ in shaping an education policy increasingly based upon high-stakes testing, an increasing ‘exam factory’ culture in schools, and the spread of for-profit education. Pearson invest heavily in lobbying various governmental and inter-governmental organisations to forward their business aims at the expense of promoting free public quality education.
At the 2016 AGM of Pearson the NUT and allies supported a resolution calling for the company to conduct a review of their damaging business model. You can read the Education International Pearson Stakeholder Report and letter to Pearson CEO John Fallon, and join others from around the globe in signing an on-line petition.
The aftermath of the failed Turkey coup: Torture, beatings and rape
As Turkey plunges into a full state of emergency following the failed coup attempt, we’re hearing reports of the torture, rape and starvation of detainees. Academics and journalists have been arrested, schools shut down and the death penalty rumoured to return. Click here to read a blog from Amnesty International UK and click here to sign a petition to stop the crackdown on human rights.
End FGM and Child Marriage
Girls from Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, often forced to marry early, have started a revolution with the support of Amnesty International. They are standing up and saying no to FGM and child marriage, the tradition that denies them an education, a life of their own and their human rights. From now until 18 July, the UK Government has agreed to double every donation made to Amnesty International UK to support its work on the ground to stop child marriage. The NUT is a communications partner with Amnesty International on this campaign. Click here to make a donation.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
NUT policy is outright opposition to TTIP. It is part of a new wave of corporate trade deals to increase global inequality, undermine democracy and hand public service provision to multinational companies. Corporations would be able to sue governments and take away their sovereignty to make decisions for the benefit of their own people.
Click here to read the TUC description of what TTIP and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) are and what activities the TUC and unions have been engaged in dealing with the issue to date.
Click here to read about threats to education.
More than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were recently abducted from their boarding school and are reported to be eventually sold as brides for $12 each. Call on all world leaders and enabled parties to rescue them. Sign the “Bring Back Our Girls” petition to show your support for the safe return of the missing girls and protection of education for all Nigerian children.
Israel and Palestine
End G4S support for Israel’s occupation
In a letter published on the morning of the G4S shareholders meeting, renowned artists, academics and writers called on G4S to end all support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine. Add your name to the letter today and call on G4S to end its contract with Israel’s prison authorities.
Act for Palestinian Children
Support the Action for Palestinian Children campaign to ensure the rights of Palestinian children are upheld in accordance with international human rights treaties and international law. For more information and to sign the pledge, click here. You could also help by writing to your MP. For a model letter you can use click here.