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Patrick Pleul
Patrick Pleul

Standards and working conditions

Our work in this area

  1. News 18 June 2024

    Mongolia: Union launches nationwide call to invest in education

    The Federation of Mongolian Education and Science Unions (FMESU), Education International (EI) national affiliate, has held a series of events to call for respect for teachers’ rights and increased investment in education. It also addressed critical challenges in the education sector, such as teacher shortages, inadequate infrastructure, and the provision...

    Mongolia: Union launches nationwide call to invest in education
  2. Research

    Impact on Afghan Teachers of the Restrictions on the Right to Learn and to Teach

    Research on Teachers’ Status and Working Conditions in Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan
    14 June 2024

    From March to May of 2023, Education International and one of its member organisations in Afghanistan, the National Teacher Elected Council (NTEC), conducted a survey among the country’s teachers. The findings paint a bleak picture, revealing the impact of Taliban policy on Afghanistan’s teachers, students, and education system.

    Impact on Afghan Teachers of the Restrictions on the Right to Learn and to Teach
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  3. News 13 June 2024

    Public education in Cape Verde: A union call for investment

    In the archipelago nation of Cape Verde, a recent round of negotiations between the government and teachers’ unions has brought to light the critical need for increased funding in public education. Despite reaching consensus on some demands, the two parties remain at an impasse over salary updates, with the unions...

    Public education in Cape Verde: A union call for investment
  4. News 6 June 2024

    Campaigning for education funding in Cameroon: new energy to transform education

    As Cameroon prepares for a crucial election year, education unions - the Fédération Camerounaise des Syndicats de l’Éducation (FECASE) and the Fédération des Syndicats de l'Enseignement et de la Recherche (FESER) - are mobilising to make the funding of public education a national priority. Spearheaded by Education International's Go public!...

    Campaigning for education funding in Cameroon: new energy to transform education
  5. News 5 June 2024

    Advancing teacher education in Iraqi Kurdistan: Building a better pedagogy

    The Kurdistan Teachers Union (KTU), in partnership with Education International, has launched a comprehensive training course for educators, marking a significant milestone in the region’s educational development.

    Advancing teacher education in Iraqi Kurdistan: Building a better pedagogy
  6. News 23 May 2024

    Education Support Personnel in the crossfire: New research highlights the consequences of privatization and funding shortfalls

    In a comprehensive new report titled "Carrying the Community: Addressing the Consequences of Privatization and Funding Shortfalls for Education Support Personnel," Education International (EI) has brought to light the critical challenges faced by Education Support Personnel (ESP) due to increasing privatization and funding cuts in public education.

    Education Support Personnel in the crossfire: New research highlights the consequences of privatization and funding shortfalls
  7. Publications

    Activating the recommendations on teachers in crisis contexts

    United Nations High-Level Panel on the Teaching Profession recommendations
    22 May 2024

    The High-Level Panel on the Teaching Profession was convened by the United Nations Secretary General in response to the global teacher shortage. Tasked with providing policy advice for governments to ensure that every child’s right to a professionally-trained, qualified, and well-supported teacher is fulfilled, the Panel identified 59 recommendations.

    Activating the recommendations on teachers in crisis contexts
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  8. News 22 May 2024

    Mauritius: Between economic progress and educational challenges

    Vinod Seegum, negotiator and former president of the Government Teachers’ Union (GTU), shares his vision of recent developments in Mauritius, its educational challenges, and economic prospects. He underlines that the GTU and the authorities are engaged in intensive social dialogue with a view to improving public education and the status...

    Mauritius: Between economic progress and educational challenges
  9. News 16 May 2024

    Japan: Union demands changes to address teacher workload and well-being

    As Japanese educators face daunting workloads and extended hours, the Japanese Teachers’ Union has launched the campaign, "Schools in Crisis! Sustainable School System for Quality Education and Educators' Well-being," to advocate for comprehensive reforms, including increased funding and systemic changes in public education.

    Japan: Union demands changes to address teacher workload and well-being
  10. Worlds of Education 16 May 2024

    Carrying the community: how privatization and funding shortfalls are affecting Education Support Personnel

    Anja Giudici, Lucas Cone

    In November 2023, the North Tyneside Council in England announced that it would withdraw from providing catering to local schools. In August that year, lawmakers in Austin, Texas, passed a law allowing unlicensed chaplains to work as school counsellors, while in March in Gauteng, staff working in South Africa’s National...

    Carrying the community: how privatization and funding shortfalls are affecting Education Support Personnel
  11. News 14 May 2024

    World Education Support Personnel Day: Honoring their essential role for quality, inclusive education

    On May 16th, World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day, Education International (EI) and its member organizations reiterate that education professionals – like teaching assistants, school nurses, cafeterias workers, maintenance crews, and bus drivers – play a crucial role in ensuring quality education and a safe learning environment.

    World Education Support Personnel Day: Honoring their essential role for quality, inclusive education
  12. News 14 May 2024

    2024 World Education Support Personnel Day: Communications' toolkit

    Celebrating the crucial role of Education Support Personnel for quality education for all. Education Support Personnel (ESP), a range of professionals like teaching assistants, school nurses, cafeterias workers, maintenance crews, and bus drivers, play a crucial role in ensuring quality education and a safe learning environment.

    2024 World Education Support Personnel Day: Communications' toolkit
  13. News 13 May 2024

    Development cooperation and the push for privatization of education in Latin America: A view from the front lines

    The Director of the Education International Latin America (EILA) regional office, Combertty Rodríguez, offered a detailed analysis of the growing trend towards the privatization of education in Latin America, revealing the complexities and challenges facing education unionists and public education systems amidst political, economic, and social pressures. He was adamant...

    Development cooperation and the push for privatization of education in Latin America: A view from the front lines
  14. News 26 April 2024

    Belgium: Education unions join forces to end teacher shortage and austerity

    “Enseignant, pas en saignant” (Teaching, not bleeding). This was one of the slogans used by the 8,000 educators who came from all over Belgium to the capital Brussels to call on politicians to increase funding for public education and put an end to the teacher shortage. The protest took place...

    Belgium: Education unions join forces to end teacher shortage and austerity
  15. Worlds of Education 26 April 2024

    From recommendations to action: Joining forces to end the global teacher shortage

    Johanna Jaara Åstrand

    The shortened version of the following remarks were delivered by Johanna Jaara Åstrand, Education International Vice-president for Europe and President of the Swedish Teachers’ Union, at the European Union Global Gateway High-level Education Event on April 11, 2024. The event marked the regional launch of the recommendations put forward by...

    From recommendations to action: Joining forces to end the global teacher shortage