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Education International

The National Education Association believes that a strong international community of education employees is necessary to promote international understanding and to defend the interests of education employees in all countries. The Association actively supports the Education International and will continue to cooperate with professional education organizations of other nations. (NEA Resolution J-9. Organizations of Other Nations, 1969, 1995)

Education International (EI) is the world's largest international trade secretariat and the global voice of education workers. NEA was a founding member of EI, which was created in 1993 after a merger of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (WCOTP) and the International Federation of Free Teachers Unions (IFFTU).

The International Relations office manages NEA membership in EI — connecting NEA members to more than 400 education unions from 172 countries and territories. Membership in EI articulates NEA policy in international forums and joins our voice with EI in advocating for human rights and trade union rights.

Together with EI, NEA has addressed school leadership, indigenous education, emergency preparedness, GATS – wholesale privatization issues, school violence, early childhood education and teacher quality at international meetings organized by Education International, EI affiliates and their EI regional organizations.


World Congress

Every four years, educators gather at the World Congress to discuss common education and union topics—from curriculum to the status of higher education personnel. The 5th World Congress was held June 2007 in Berlin, Germany.


World Teachers Day

Each year on October 5th, Education International launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession. World Teachers' Day provides the opportunity to draw public attention to the role of teachers worldwide and their importance in the classroom and society.


World Day Against Child Labor 2009

To mark World Day Against Child Labour, June 12, 2009, EI and the ILO collaborated on this new publication on the multiple disadvantages faced by more than 100 million girls in child labour. It also contains two lesson aids for classroom use and links to international law and conventions on child labour.

EI-ILO Brochure on World Day Against Child Labour 2009, "Give girls a chance: End child labour"

Click here for more information on NEA’s and EI’s efforts to end child labour.


Impact of HIV/AIDS on Education and Teachers Education International has launched, as part of a global partnership, a two year training program that will reach 10,000 teachers in 13 countries in Southern and Western Africa and in Haiti. Teachers are being trained to raise awareness, lead prevention efforts, and contribute to sexually responsible behavior. The World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the Dutch Trade Union Center have partnered in this important project.

AIDS has had a profound impact on education in Africa; 860,000 children have lost their teachers to AIDS. As qualified teachers die from the disease, education quality and student enrollment are impacted. In Swaziland, school enrollment has dropped 36% due to the pandemic. An estimated 10% of the teachers in the worst affected African countries are expected to die. There are accounts of AIDS killing teachers faster than some countries can train them. A new UNAIDS report analyzes the situation and the repercussions of the AIDS pandemic on the future of the continent’s development, particularly regarding the role of education for girls.