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.
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.
Colombian Trade Unionist Murdered
Oscar López Triviño was murdered on November 9 in the Colombian city of Bugalagrande a day after he and other members of his union, SINALTRAINAL, received death threats from paramilitaries. The union had been on hunger strike at Nestlé from November 5. Send a message to the Colombian authorities and call on the President and Labour Minister to swiftly bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.
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.
Teachers’ Imprisonment – Help Soni Sori
Soni Sori, an Indian school teacher, peaceful indigenous activist and loving mother of three has been held since 2011 on charges of aiding Maoist rebels in India. It is believed she was actually arrested because she spoke out against human rights violations by the state. Soni tells that, while in jail, the police stripped her naked, tortured her with electric shocks and violently, sexually assaulted her. Sign the petition for Soni's immediate release and for an investigation into her allegations of torture.
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.
Take action: demand justice for victims of Bangladesh building collapse
In April, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,100 people and injured thousands more. The majority of the victims were female garment workers. Thousands now face destitution. Unable to work, or without the major wage earner in the family, they are struggling to make ends meet. Yet despite this humanitarian catastrophe Benetton, Bonmarché, Mango and Matalan have all refused to offer compensation to the victims. Take action, demand justice for victims of Bangladesh building collapse.
National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine
On Wednesday 27th November, from 2pm-6pm, hundreds of supporters will gather together in Parliament to call on MPs to take action for Palestinian human rights. Click here for information on how you can get involved.
Colombia: Free Huber Ballesteros
Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. In addition to physical attacks, imprisonment is often used to punish and silence trade unionists. On Sunday 25 August 2013, trade union leader Huber Ballesteros was arrested and imprisoned. Huber is one of Colombia's most recognised trade union leaders. Send a message to the Colombian president demanding that Huber Ballesteros be released.
Speaking Tour: Palestinian Child Prisoners
Action for Palestinian Children has organised a 10 day UK speaking tour this November with two speakers from Defence for Children International Palestine. The speaking tour focuses on Palestinian Child Prisoners: How the Israeli military criminalises a generation and will run from 10th-20th November 2013. Click here for more information.
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.
Steve Sinnott Award – Competition Now Open
Send My Friend to School is looking for two bright, articulate and passionate 14-15 year olds to travel to Uganda and be the 2014 Young Ambassadors. Winners of the Steve Sinnott Award will travel, with their teacher, to investigate the barriers to education for disabled children in Uganda. Next year’s campaign will focus on the 24 million disabled children around the world who are missing out on school. This award is open to all secondary schools. For more information and to apply click here.
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 my Friend to School – Every Child Needs a Teacher
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.
We need to make sure that world leaders get the message that every child needs a teacher. To find out more about how to get your school involved visit www.sendmyfriend.org - every participating school receives a free pack with DVD, posters, stickers and activity ideas on this year’s theme: Every Child Needs a Teacher.
Click here to watch a new thank you film showcasing the amazing things schools did for Send My Friend this summer.
Millie and Sam’s trip to India
The winners of the Steve Sinnott award for young campaigners, Millie and Sam from Ringwood School in Hampshire, travelled to India in February 2013 where they got to explore the real life experiences of young people living in Delhi slums. Millie and Sam met child campaigners, children missing out on school, and attended classes at a government school.
Click here to read their blog and see their video.
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.
Think everything is ok in Burma now?
With the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and the British government giving Burma’s President Thein Sein red-carpet treatment when he recently visited the UK there is a danger of a growing perception that everything is ok in Burma now. But it isn’t. Hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail, attacks against ethnic minorities continue, reports of rape by Burmese Army soldiers have increased, and almost all repressive laws remain in place. Read Burma Campaign’s detailed briefing of the many horrific human rights abuses still going on in Burma 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.
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.
ACT NOW: Tell Bahrain to free Mahdi
In early 2011, as peaceful protests spread across Bahrain, leaders of the Bahrain Teaching Association, Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb and his colleague Jalila al-Salman called for a teachers’ strike to support the growing demands for reform. By April, both were detained. Jalila has since been released but Mahdi remains behind bars – where he has been for over two years. Demand his release now.
Alternatively you can text your support via Amnesty International
Take action and demand justice for victims of Bangladesh building collapse
Nearly 1200 people have been killed in the collapse of a building in Bangladesh which housed garment factories making clothes for Primark, Matalan, Mango and other major brands. Sign the War on Want petition now and demand these UK high street brands take responsibility for this tragedy by paying full compensation to the workers and commit to action to ensure disasters like this become a thing of the past.
Pakistan: Teachers and students violently attacked
Pakistan is counting the costs of a week of carnage in which teachers and pupils have been violently attacked simply because they want to go to school. The campaign of violence against girls' education has now moved from the tribal areas into Karachi - one of the country's huge cities. For more information click here and to sign a petition calling for a cessation of violence against teachers who are defending the right of girls to go to school click here.
Water and sanitation are a human right!
Many millions of people continue to be deprived of clean, safe and affordable water and sanitation, even in Europe. Help put this issue on the European Commission’s agenda! Over one million signatures from EU-citizens are needed. Signature forms and further information can be found here.
Lift the Blockade of Gaza
A ceasefire has been called - families in Israel and Gaza are safer. Relaxation of the crippling blockade, which has trapped people in poverty for so long, is under negotiation. But unless the blockade is lifted for good, families will continue to suffer. Sign the petition calling on the UK Government to use its influence and help lift the blockade.
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/