International Solidarity Award Holder

The NASUWT has presented its 2021 International Solidarity Award to Fung Wai-wah, President of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (PTU).

The Award was presented virtually to Mr Fung at the Union’s 2021 Annual Conference for his part in the struggle for academic freedom and freedom of association during the continuing battle for Hong Kong’s democracy.

Fung Wai-wah - fighting to protect critical thinking during unrest

In his acceptance speech, Mr Fung told the Conference: “We will continue to serve all teachers in Hong Kong and continue to provide support to those who are being oppressed. We will continue to promote civic education that would help to promote critical thinking, civil liberty and democracy.”

Mr Fung told the Conference that his Union is fighting plans to install CCTV cameras in every classroom, which teachers fear will be used to police what is being taught and repress freedom of expression and debate.

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “This Award recognises the PTU’s continuing work in standing up for the rights of teachers, trade unionists and the communities they serve in increasingly challenging circumstances.”

The PTU is also representing teachers at risk of being deregistered for taking part in political protests against their government.

What is the International Solidarity Award?

The NASUWT International Solidarity Award recognises the bravery and commitment of individuals around the world who work tirelessly to promote human rights and to defend the rights of teachers.

The annual Award highlights and celebrates the commitment of individuals to the trade union values of solidarity, equality and democracy and to challenging violence, injustice, bigotry and hatred.

The NASUWT makes the Award in recognition of the work of an individual who has made an important contribution to education and human and trade union rights.

Recipients of the NASUWT International Solidarity Award are, by their nature, educators: they embody the moral purpose of teachers in seeking to create a better future for children and young people, free from fear, injustice, bigotry and hatred.

The seven guiding principles for conferring the International Solidarity Award recognises the contribution of individuals to:

  • defending human rights
  • defending the trade union rights of teachers
  • campaigning for quality education for all children and young people
  • promoting values of solidarity, equality and democracy
  • teaching
  • challenging violence, injustice, bigotry and hatred
  • working in countries outside the United Kingdom

* Red-tagging in the Philippines has been used to label individuals and organisations critical of the Philippine Government “communist” or “terrorist” regardless of their actual beliefs or affiliations.