The Kurdish government should organise ongoing training for teachers in the area of remote learning. So said participants at a recent Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) training programme on new teaching methods and the use of technology in education during the pandemic.
The second edition of the Academic Freedom Index (AFi) shows that only 20 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries where academic freedom is well protected. There are signs of decline in many countries. The pandemic, with the wide use of distance learning, produced additional threats. Academic autonomy may weaken as a lasting effect of the pandemic.
Update 13 April 2021 | Despite increasing military violence and repressive measures against peaceful citizens protesting the deposition of the democratically elected president of Myanmar, the union movement remains committed to democracy. Education International has set up a Myanmar Education Workers Solidarity Fund to collect solidarity donations to help teachers and education workers in their daily struggles.
Representing 32.5 million educators worldwide, Education International is leading in the movement for climate education. On 21 April 2021, Education International will launch a multilevel campaign to ensure that climate education, based on science with a civic action focus, becomes as fundamental as teaching reading and writing.
With a new administration vowing to “build back better” from the public health, education, and economic crises of the Trump era, the two largest US educators’ unions, both Education International affiliates, have a shared agenda to ensure students and school communities receive the support they need for recovery and renewal.
A study for the ETUCE, EI’s European region, showed the impact of market ideology and management practices and privatisation on industrial relations and social dialogue. In addition to looking at the evolution of EU policy in the past decade, researchers studied different methods and results of industrial relations in Francophone Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Sweden.
Deepening inequalities across the education sector were revealed at a recent Education International webinar. Affiliates shared experiences of working to improve the terms and working conditions of teachers, academics, and education support personnel. The webinar aimed to inform Education International’s work in this area during the current public health crisis.