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Education International launches web portal on teacher migration worldwide
Moving abroad to teach can be a complicated and uncertain process, full of cultural adjustments, visa challenges, and for some seeking a better way of life, can involve the violation of their rights.
The launch is being accompanied by the release of a broad study commissioned by EI, "Getting teacher migration and mobility right," which garnered usable responses from 1,358 teachers from 53 home countries who worked abroad in 127 host countries. This represents the largest and most extensive known survey of migrant teachers and offers useful insights to inform engagement by various stakeholders.
The study is the result of EI and its member organisations ongoing efforts to protect migrant workers, particularly teachers and other education employees and their families.
"As a global union dedicated to teacher's voices and dignity, as well as to quality education for all students around the world, EI has long recognised the profound importance of international teacher migration and mobility," said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. "We acknowledge that international migration and mobility has become a global phenomenon, representing a notable challenge for many countries, and risen to the top of the policy agenda in many parts of the world", he stressed.
Through the website portal, Migrant Teachers' Rights, teachers going abroad to teach will find valuable information. The site includes a useful checklist, educators' fundamental rights, along with the opportunity to meet others and share stories. For unions, the portal will provide resources, strategies, and examples of best practices.
The report, commissioned by EI, also seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in order to better understand their motivations for migrating, the benefits they gain from their experience, and the challenges they face. The study reviews existing literature on teacher migration and publicly available data sources, as well as information collected through research visits to a range of source and destination countries.
EI working for fair recruitment of education professionals
Education International (EI), together with social partner agencies and academic institutions, was represented at a workshop on the Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI) organised by the Global Migration Group Task Force on Migration and Decent Work, held at the International labour organisation (ILO)-International Training Centre (ITC), in Turin, Italy, from 23-24 April. read more
EU answers Switzerland: freezes research grants and Swiss involvement in Erasmus+
The European Union has suspended negotiations with Switzerland on the participation in EU education exchange programmes, such as Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020 research programme, because of the imminent introduction of quotas to community workers approved in a referendum last week. read more
Respect migrant workers' rights, say unionists worldwide
The contribution of migrants to their host countries and countries of origin must be recognised. That's according to Global Unions, the international trade union organisations, which include EI. Global Unions made the call to mark International Migrants' Day on 18 December. In their statement, the Global Unions call for the recognition of the many economic, social, and cultural contributions that migrants make to their countries of destination as well as to their countries of origin and for the rights of international migrants to be protected. A new study focusing on teachers' migration in Southern Africa has also been released. read more
Education International is the voice of the teachers and other education employees across the globe. A global federation of about 400 unions in more than 170 countries and territories, it represents 30 million teachers and education employees in education institutions from early childhood to university.