Educators around the world stand with Ukraine and call for peace

published 22 February 2022 updated 24 February 2022

As the already fragile situation at the border between Ukraine and Russia further deteriorates, Education International calls for immediate de-escalation and a diplomatic solution to secure a lasting peace.

David Edwards, Education International General Secretary, stated: “Educators around the world stand with our colleagues, students, and all the people of Ukraine and call for a peaceful resolution to current tensions. We denounce any military intervention in Ukraine and call on the international community to use all diplomatic means to de-escalate the conflict. The lives and futures of millions of innocent people are at stake.”

In a statement issued today, ETUCE, Education International’s European regional structure expressed its solidarity with member organisations in Ukraine - the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (TUESWU) and the Free Trade Union of Education and Science of Ukraine (VPONU).

We amplify that solidarity and pronounce our unwavering commitment to our members who now stand in harm's way. Not only would any Russian military intervention within Ukrainian borders be a clear violation of international law, it would be absolutely catastrophic in terms of the loss of human life. The students, teachers and citizens of Ukraine have the right to a future free of violence and war. The world must stand with them and redouble its efforts to ensure peace in the country and on the continent.