NEU celebrates Human Rights Day with Steve Sinnott Foundation
Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on 10 December. On this day the NEU reaffirms its commitment to fighting for human rights around the world.
To mark Human Rights Day this year, the NEU were pleased to host a webinar with NEU partner the Steve Sinnott Foundation (SSF) to discuss how they are advancing human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. The SSF works with teachers and educators to deliver projects that ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and the NEU is a key supporter of this work. On this webinar, NEU members were joined by education colleagues from The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Malawi.
Send My Friend to School Launches Right Climate to Learn Report
NEU partner Send My Friend to School has launched a new policy report on education and climate change. This report sets out the interplay between education and climate change and makes the case that education must be a central pillar of an effective global climate response.
The NEU are a core supporter of the Send My Friend to School campaign. You can read the report on Send My Friend’s website.
DCI Palestine - Latest Report on Child Prisoners
NEU partner organisation DCI Palestine has released a new report, “Isolated & Alone: Palestinian Children Held in Solitary Confinement by Israeli Authorities for Interrogation”. The report evaluates and details patterns of arrest, detention conditions, and interrogation practices by Israeli authorities. The report concludes that the physical and social isolation of Palestinian children for interrogation purposes by Israeli authorities is a practice that amounts to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment under international law.
Send My Friend to School demands: "Keep All My Friends Learning”
A quality education is critical to children’s safety, opportunities and ability to reach their potential. However, education around the world, and the hope that it brings, is facing a generation-defining emergency: COVID-19. Every child has the right to a quality education, but the COVID-19 pandemic has obstructed this right on an unprecedented scale.
The poorest and most marginalised children - girls, refugees, disabled children - were less likely to be in school and learning before the pandemic hit. Now, these children, their learning and their opportunities are bearing the brunt of a global pandemic. In the face of COVID-19, urgent action is needed to guarantee all children their right to a quality education and to reignite commitments to get every child learning.
Cuts to UK aid and creation of an Overseas Development Aid Select Committee
The Joint General Secretaries of the NEU signed the recent TUC letter to Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State, to express deep disappointment at the government's decision to cut the aid budget to 0.5 per cent of GNI for the foreseeable future, and asked them to reverse this decision. Read the letter here.
The Right Climate to Learn
Through Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), the global community has committed to realising the right to quality education for all by 2030. However, the climate crisis jeopardises this promise. Despite global commitments, education continues to be interrupted for children and young people around the world. The NEU is a key partner in the Send My Friend to School coalition. Read its report, The Right Climate to Learn here.
NEU Opposes Overseas Aid Cut
Read the NEU’s response to the Government’s cuts in overseas aid here.