The promotion of international solidarity is about human rights; it seeks to secure the rights of children to education, the rights of workers to form trade unions, the rights of citizens to vote and for all people to be free of poverty.
Why not become an NEU international solidarity officer?
The NEU has a proud history on the global stage. International solidarity officers play a key role locally in working towards the NEU's global vision to show solidarity, protect teachers’ trade union rights and to support high-quality public education for all.
As an international solidarity officer (ISO) for your NEU districts or branches, you would:
- promote the NEU's international solidarity work;
- act locally on the NEU's urgent international solidarity campaigns;
- support the international initiatives of classroom teachers;
- provide material for international solidarity items at appropriate local meetings;
- liaise with, and organise appropriate support for other NEU districts which have established international links;
- advise the district or branch on appropriate donations and activities as part of the Union’s commitment to allocate one per cent of the association’s or division’s income to international solidarity work; and
- organise local activities and events on international solidarity themes, e.g., on International Women’s Day, 8 March; Malala Day, 12 July; and World Teachers’ Day, 5 October.
Getting started - here are some ideas
- Talk to other NEU members about international solidarity.
- Find out what is happening in your local district by going to a meeting.
- Contact local branches of NGOs to see what campaigns are already going on in your area. Perhaps start with one to which the NEU is affiliated nationally.
- Look out for urgent international solidarity campaigns
- Read the international page in The Teacher. There may be a campaign you can support immediately.
- Be enthusiastic. Spread the word! Most important of all, MAKE A START!
What you can do in school - here are some ideas
- Review current school activities to show how well global learning is embedded in your school.
- For ideas for lessons with a global dimension.
- Get your school involved with Send My Friend to School.
- Initiate discussion with colleagues about ways in which international solidarity issues can be a permanent part of the school’s curriculum and of its ethos.
- Encourage critical engagement with fundraising days held at your school and make sure they are not the only opportunity pupils have to work on international solidarity issues.
- Make sure your school has a strong equality policies and practices.
- Involve the school’s pupil council and school governors.
- Hold a school meeting on a topic of global solidarity. We are always pleased to work with colleagues from teacher trade unions around the world and to learn from their struggles and successes.