The NEU, in partnership with other organisations, supports a wide range of international campaigns which aim to: support teachers and their unions, advance high quality education for all, work towards poverty reduction and sustainable development, and promote human rights.

Beyond the Blockade: Education in Cuba

Beyond the Blockade is a collection of essays on Cuba’s education system written by British educators from their observations and experiences in a series of study tours to the socialist island. 

Publication was funded by the NEU, edited in part by Gawain Little and includes a Forward written by NEU Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney. 

Education in Cuba - manifesto book

The book is available to purchase from Manifesto Press.  NEU Members get a discount by entering their membership number at checkout. 

NEU joins civil society organisations in welcoming international finance corporation decision to move away from for-profit education investments

The NEU was one of a number of signatories to a press statement last week welcoming the official commitment of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) to freeze investments in private for-profit pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools.

Civil society organisations applaud this landmark decision by the IFC, which responds to the concerns voiced by civil society about the effects on segregation and exclusion, inadequate education quality, avoidance of standards and regulations, poor labour conditions, and profit-seeking behaviour of commercial schools.

It reflects the growing recognition of the harm caused by profit-oriented education, and the importance of the right to public education as a central component of global education policy. 

IFC announcement

Civil society organsations welcome the International Finance Corporation decision to move away from for-profit education investments


News and articles

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    Organising for international solidarity

    Solidarity is a key trade union value. The NEU stands in solidarity with the many teachers around the world who are unable to carry out their vocation as they languish in prison, simply because they are trade unionists.

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    The NEU stands in solidarity with people of Kashmir against heightened militarisation, violence and information black-out.

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    Education and Unions in Cuba: Report of the 2018 Solidarity Delegation

    In 2018, a delegation of members went to Cuba to examine current educational provision in rural and urban environments. The group visited primary, secondary, special educational needs and arts schools; met teachers and trade unions; and took part in historical, cultural and community visits.

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    Human rights abuses of children and families in the USA

    Following the announcement of the ‘zero tolerance’ policy on unauthorised immigration announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April 2018, the US has been systematically, and intentionally, separating children as young as five from their asylum-seeking parents.

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    Commenting on the passing of Motion 31 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights notes* the occupation of Palestine continues to severely impact on the lives of millions of Palestinians,

Campaigns we support

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    Send my friend to school

    The National Education Union is a core supporter of Send My Friend to School, the campaign which brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school.

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    Back Off Backing Bridge: Pearson

    Bridge International is one of the largest education for-profit companies in the world, operating in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, India and Liberia. The education market is worth trillion. Not surprisingly there has been an expansion in the number of businesses seeking to make a profit from it.

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    NEU International affiliations

    Solidarity is at the heart of the NEU, be that domestically or internationally, internally or externally. We work in partnership with a variety of international campaigns and organisations to deliver our goals and theirs.