For the first time ever, the United Nations’ annual High-level Political Forum is being held virtually. Running from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July, it sees governments gather to measure the progress made so far on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As COVID-19 cases increased in Palestine, the General Union of Palestinian Teachers, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, led a project on e-learning. This has assumed greater significance as schools will not reopen in August as had been previously planned.
Education International is deeply saddened by the loss of our great colleague, Emanuel Fatoma, who passed on Monday, the 6th of July 2020 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Emanuel Fatoma will be remembered as a great teacher and education advocate who incessantly pursued social justice for all, particularly for the teaching fraternity.
It is with great sadness that the global education trade union community has learned of the passing on 6 July of Emmanuel Fatoma, a former Education International senior coordinator for Africa.
In Kenya, the Universities Academic Staff Union has taken the vice-chancellors of two universities to court over cuts in lecturers’ salaries, which had been previously suspended by a judge.
On 2 and 3 July, the National Education Association (NEA) of the United States held a virtual representative assembly with the participation of over 7,000 delegates. The theme of the assembly was “Our Democracy; Our Responsibility; Our time”.
Representatives of French teachers’ unions have impressed upon public authorities the need to establish a real social dialogue to ensure high-quality education for all during and after the current global pandemic. In particular, they point to the statement adopted by the Education International European Region, ETUCE; which makes recommendations for resuming educational activities once the COVID-19 crisis is finally over.