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28 January 2013
The NASUWT, the largest teachers union, has today (Saturday) joined education unions from around the world in celebrating the 20th anniversary since Education International (EI) was founded.
Bringing together independent and democratic organisations of educators from across the world, EI represents more than 390 education trade unions and has almost 30 million members in 175 countries and territories.
Over that period it has achieved remarkable successes in fighting for human and trade union rights as well as being the central voice in advocating quality education for all across the globe.
EI members from OECD countries will converge on London on January 29-30 for a conference entitled “Framing education for the public good”. They will discuss issues including the future of the teaching profession, the relevance of higher education rankings and supporting disadvantaged students.
NASUWT Deputy General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach, who is an Executive Board member of EI, will chair a discussion on the role of trade unions during the financial crisis.
Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:“Across the world education remains the most vital tool in lifting people out of poverty and helping secure economic prosperity. EI has an admirable record in promoting and campaigning for this.
“In the wake of the global economic crisis, EI has continued to demonstrate the important role of trade unions working together across national borders in the interest of all teachers and pupils.
“The NASUWT will continue to play a full role in ensuring that EI remains a potent voice for teachers and quality public education for all.”