World Teachers Day
In support of World Teachers’ Day, the NASUWT is involved in a number of activities and campaigns to stand up for teaching and quality education.
Unite for Quality Education
On 4 October, to coincide with the eve of World Teachers’ Day, Education International (EI) launched a campaign entitled “Unite for Quality Education: Better Education for a Better World”. The NASUWT has been at the forefront of working with EI on developing this campaign given the resonance that it has both with the Union’s Standing Up For Standards campaign and with the messages from the Maintaining World Class Schools report adopted at this year’s Annual Conference.
The campaign launches EI’s Global Year for Action two years before the deadline set by the United Nations for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and the campaign will culminate in a World Day of Action in October 2014. The overall purpose is to ensure that quality education for all stays firmly on the global development agenda.
The NASUWT attended the launch event at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to lobby UK UNESCO representatives to promote the goal of quality education and safeguard the professional status of qualified teachers.
To celebrate World Teachers’ Day itself, the NASUWT launched a Declaration of Intent on the key issue of Global Equality in Education for Women and Girls at the NASUWT Women’s Consultation Conference in Birmingham on 5 October.
The Declaration includes a number of key demands and a call for concerted action to end gender discrimination, secure quality education for women and girls and to ensure equality for women and girls.
The declaration, signed by the NASUWT General Secretary, is supported by a range of organisations including the TUC, the Fawcett Society, the EI Unite for Quality Education campaign and End Violence Against Women. The declaration includes messages of support from Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of EI and Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC.