Commenting on the passing of motion 36 at the National Education Union’s Annual Conference, which is being held virtually, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The sweeping sanctions and economic blockade imposed on Venezuela are blunt instruments that have led to ordinary people suffering inhumanely.

“Vital provisions such as healthcare and nutrition are on their knees. Some 7 million Venezuelans require humanitarian assistance and around 5.5 million have fled the country.

“Millions of children have dropped out of education, and schools are struggling to remain open. This economic, political, and humanitarian crisis is denying children their right to learn and teachers their right to work.

“The Venezuelan Humanitarian Response Plan received just 22% of required funds in 2020, some $600m short, with a paltry $5m going to education.

“World leaders should be ashamed of their hand in exacerbating existing crises – and sparking new ones – in Venezuela. Sweeping sanctions should be dropped and urgent action taken to alleviate the political, economic, humanitarian and development crises that are devastating the entire population of the country.”