Education International In Focus - 15 January 2016

15 January 2016
News highlights from the global education scene

First of all, a happy new year! In some parts of the world, this year has started with challenges, in others, teacher trade unionists have achieved goals they were aiming at and fighting for. However, for everyone a new year marks a fresh start. Education International, as the world's largest federation of unions and organisations, representing 30 million education employees in 401 organisations from171 countries and territories, supports these union activists in these endeavours.

To read more, see our overview of this month's highlights and news below - you can share them directly to your social networks using the built-in sharing buttons.

Kind regards,

Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary

USA: educators play key role in combatting human trafficking

American education unions are taking the fight against human trafficking to the classroom, with a toolkit designed to help teachers recognise and act in case a student is suspected of being a victim. >>>>>

Iraqi teachers' campaign strives to end violence against women

In conjunction with the United Nations’ recent 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Iraqi teachers organised a number of activities under the theme of “Home Peace to World Peace, Peaceful Education for All.” >>>>>

Nigeria set to hire more teachers

The New Year will bring a wave of fresh investment in education across the continent of Africa, with significant announcements by some governments. >>>>>

UK: Support for academies in education bill a mistake, say experts

Trade unions in the UK have joined together with education experts, including teachers, governors, and school staff, to highlight the shortcomings of their government's Education and Adoption Bill to speed up the process of converting ‘failing’ schools into academies. >>>>>

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