campaigns - on the global stage
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 continues to be involved in.
Child Soldiers International
The UK is one of fewer than 20 countries in the world which has an enlistment age of just 16 years. No other major military power enlists from such a young age. A 16-year-old can’t watch violent war films or play “Call of Duty” on X-box, but they can join the Army under a legally binding contract and train for war. Please email your MP or send them a letter, urging them to ask the Minister for Armed Forces Personnel to raise the minimum enlistment age, by going to this web site now!
A storm is brewing over FIFA - help end Qatar’s slave state
In 2010, FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Qatar’s citizens are the richest in the world, but for 1.4 million migrant workers, terrible conditions without any rights or protections at work are a sad fact of everyday life. Click here to tell FIFA to choose a World Cup venue where workers’ rights are respected and help save lives, restore the game’s integrity and the trust of fans.
Write to Learn Campaign
In June, the Global Partnership for Education will be asking Governments to commit a total of $3.5 billion for its next round of funding from 2015-2018. With that investment, we could see a further 29 million children in school and learning. Help call on the UK Government to make a leading pledge via http://www.globalcitizen.org/writetolearn.
Petition: Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls
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.
MEP Candidate Action
On Thursday 22 May, people across Europe will be asked to vote for candidates to represent them at the European Parliament. This is a key time to demonstrate our opposition to trade deals which are giving more and more power to big business at the expense of people and the environment. Email your MEP candidates now and ask them to show their commitment to trade justice by signing Trade Justice Movement’s Take Back the Power pledge.
Bahrain: Help free Mahdi, imprisoned for defending teachers’ rights
Bahraini school teacher Mahdi Abu Dheeb called on his teaching union to strike. As a result, he was charged with inciting hatred and attempting to bring down the regime.
Mahdi has been imprisoned since 2011 and denied medical treatment he urgently needs. He says he was tortured and forced to sign a confession he never saw. Ask Bahrain to release him!
Global Action Week 2014
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) will be focusing its 2014 Global Action Week on raising the awareness of issues around disability with the campaign Equal Right, Equal Opportunity: Education and Disability. Teachers, students, education campaigners and members of the public can take part in Global Action Week events happening all around the world, 4-10 May 2014. Register your school to take part here. For campaign materials click here.
Survey: "Education For All"
As part of efforts to advocate for quality public education for all in the post-2015 discussions, Education International (EI) has just launched an online survey to allow teachers and education personnel to assess teaching and learning conditions worldwide. For more information click here or take the survey now.
Act for Palestinian Children Support the campaign by Action for Palestinian Children 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. More information can be found on the A4PC factsheet.
The Rana Plaza Arrangement
Ten months have now passed since Rana Plaza collapsed and 1,138 people lost their lives and over 2,000 more were injured. The majority of the victims were female garment workers. The Rana Plaza Arrangement is an unprecedented coordinated approach which will ensure all those who have suffered due to the collapse will receive payments to cover loss of income and medical costs. Further information can be found via Labour Behind the Label or Clean Clothes Campaign. You can also demand justice for victims of the Bangladesh building collapse here.
Stop the next corporate takeover
A new wave of corporate trade deals threaten to increase global inequality, undermine democracy and hand public service provision to multinational companies. One such deal is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Corporations would be able to sue governments and take away their sovereignty to make decisions for the benefit of their own people. Click here for more info and to email your MP asking them to demand full transparency on the TTIP negotiations and to oppose the deal.
The Robin Hood Tax
Eleven countries in Europe pledged to introduce Robin Hood Taxes - netting a combined £30 billion. Those taxes are now under threat from our government. George Osborne is resorting to a desperate legal challenge to try and block these countries from introducing their own taxes. Sign the petition to stop this uncalled for legal challenge. Visit the Touchstone blog link containing the latest Robin Hood Tax video emphasising the benefits of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
Russia: Union leaders arrested at Aeroflot
3 leaders of the Sheremetevo Trade Union of Airline Pilots (ShPLS) have been arrested and could be sentenced to 10 years in jail on a trumped-up case. It is believed this arrest, conducted in the midst of an industrial dispute, is nothing else but retaliation to the union's successful actions in defence of its members' interests, and is an attempt to discredit the union and to disrupt the collective bargaining process. Read more information and sign the LabourStart petition here.
Stop violence against women activists in Afghanistan
Amnesty International has produced a hard-hitting new film highlighting the plight of a woman head teacher in Afghanistan who has suffered attacks from armed groups because of her work. The film coincides with a campaign calling on the Foreign Secretary William Hague to ensure that the UK prioritises support for the work of Afghanistan’s women’s rights activists. View the film and ask your local MP to contact Mr Hague here.
Help end under 18 recruitment into Armed Forces
The NUT supports the Pax Christi petition to call on the UK Government to stop its policy of allowing 15 year olds to apply and 16 and 17 year olds to be recruited into the Armed Forces. Recent reports highlight the fact that younger recruits are significantly more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to drink at levels harmful to health, and to behave violently on their return from war. Click here for more information and to sign the petition.
Abolish the UK’s tax havens
Some of the world’s most significant tax havens will be attending the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council in London this week. Support War on Want’s call for the abolition of the UK’s network of tax havens, ensuring all the Overseas Territories end their financial secrecy, introduce effective public registers of beneficial ownership and introduce effective taxes on profits and wealth. Sign the petition here.
Unite for Quality Education
Unite for Quality Education is a campaign of Education International (EI), the voice of teachers and other education employees across the globe. For more information and to join the 30 million members EI represents to demand that quality education for all remains at the top of the agenda for a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous future click here.
Urgent Appeal: Philippines Typhoon
In the devastating wake of Typhoon Haiyan it's feared up to 10,000 people may have died. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes. Action for Children have mobilised teams and supplies to quickly respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families in the Philippines. Please donate today to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal and help Action for Children reach as many children as possible.
Stand with the children of Syria
Over 1 million children are now refugees of Syria. They have lost their home, many, their families, and the opportunity to grow and prosper. Organisations and governments in neighbouring countries are working to provide them with essential shelter, food, and the chance to continue their education. Sign the petition to call on the international community to support the plan to provide immediate education and school meals for Syrian children, which will be delivered at the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September 2013.
Save public education in Greece
The Greek Government and the Troika along with the Minister of Education are condemning 2,500 teachers in Greece to 8-months suspension with 75% of their basic salary, prior to their dismissal. They are also preparing the transference of 5,000 secondary education teachers to primary education and 2,000 to administration. 10,000 non-permanent contract teachers are already dismissed and will not be hired again in September. Sign the petition to save public education in Greece.
Send ALL my Friends to School
In 2000 over 140 million children were out of school and the Great Global Education Race got off to a good start. Millions of children in Africa, Asia and Latin America went to school for the first time. But the number of children out of school is still over 60 million, with only 2 years to the finishing line another 1.7 million teachers are needed to deliver education for all.
The NUT is a major supporter of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a coalition of charities and teacher unions which organises the Send My Friend to School campaign each year.
This year’s campaign theme will focus on disability and education. More than a third of the 57 million children missing out on school globally have a disability. To find out more about how to get your school involved in this year’s campaign visit http://www.sendmyfriend.org/2013/09/send-my-friend-2014/ - every participating school receives a free pack with DVD, full-colour posters and Teacher’s guide.
Maisie and Rebecca’s trip to Uganda
The winners of the Steve Sinnott award for young campaigners, Maisie and Rebecca from Guildford county school in Surrey, travelled to Uganda in February 2014 where they experienced what children with disabilities might come up against when trying to get an education.
Click here to read their full trip diary and watch their film.
My World Global Survey
MY World is a global survey led by the United Nations. It aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the new development agenda for the world. Vote for education as a priority on the MY World survey here.
Justice for Trayvon Martin
Urge Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to continue investigating the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was a racially profiled, unarmed African-American young man wearing a hoodie who was shot dead with no consequences to the perpetrator. Sign the petition for a further investigation here.
Free Colombian Political Prisoners
Omar Alfonso Combita was arrested on 2nd October 2011 and is detained in La Modelo Prison, Bogota, accused of "rebellion". He is an active member of FECODE, the Colombian teachers’ trade union and the director of the Santana Ramos Education Centre. Please take a moment to add your name to the petition to help free Omar.
Medical Aid for Palestinians
As the casualties in Gaza continue to rise, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has been responding to the crisis caused by Israeli air, tank and naval strikes, working with local hospitals, doctors and nurses to ensure that they have the supplies they need. An emergency appeal has been launched as urgent calls for additional medical supplies have been received. MAP needs to raise £100,000 immediately to make sure all hospitals have the necessary medicines and medical supplies to treat casualties. For more information and to make a donation go to https://www.justgiving.com/Gaza-in-crisis
Malala Yousafzai is a 14 year old school girl known for her education and women's rights activism. On 9 Oct she was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen. You can help Malala by signing the AVAAZ petition and demand that the government announces funding for all Pakistani girls who attend school.
Miami Five Humanitarian Appeal
September 2012 marks 14 years that the Miami Five have been imprisoned in US jails. For 12 of these years, 2 of their wives, Adriana Perez & Olga Salanueva, have been denied visitation rights by the US government. Write to your MP and urge them to sign EDM 497, the humanitarian appeal for visitation rights for wives of Miami Five.
Help Burma's workers build a union movement
For the first time in generations workers in Burma are free to form trade unions. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) & Federation of Trade Unions - Burma (FTUB) will set up an office in the capital city of Rangoon to train workers on organising, book keeping & more. For more info & to help them meet this challenge click here.
European Financial Transaction Tax
Available resources for the Financial Transaction Tax campaign can be found at:
- all supporters resources (FAQs, lobby packs supportive quotes documents) are in the blog
- all posters and leaflets
Please write to your MP to keep the pressure on party leaders.
Justice for Colombia's Peace Campaign
Recent events in Colombia have underlined the urgent need for international pressure to push the Colombian government to enter into negotiations with the guerrillas to achieve social justice, peace & genuine democracy. EDM 2276 on human rights was submitted. Please click here for more information and to write to your MP urging them to sign the EDM.
Release of Palestinian Child Detainees
A deal has been made to release Palestinian prisoners in 2 stages in exchange for freeing an Israeli soldier. No children will be released at the 1st stage & it can't be confirmed if any will be released at the 2nd stage. For more information & to send an appeal urging the Israeli authorities to release all detained Palestinian children click here.
VSO Valuing Teachers Campaign and Volunteer Opportunities
The NUT supports VSO's campaign which researches what teachers feel about their profession: what motivates them and what helps them perform well. The aim is to inform policy-making and implementation at national and international levels. VSO is currently looking for experienced educationalists to help with this work for 1-2 years in countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
The Steve Sinnott Foundation
The Steve Sinnott foundation, established in the name of former NUT General Secretary, is dedicated towards the pursuit of Steve's passion and support for the UN Millennium Development Goal 2; the achievement, by 2015 of universal primary education for all children around the world.
Global Campaign for Education
The Global Campaign for Education promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfil their promises to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all people; in particular for children, women and all disadvantaged, deprived sections of society. http://www.campaignforeducation.org/