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From NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia on International Education's 25th Anniversary

The NEA is proud to be a member of Educational International (EI), the voice for educators throughout the world. Together, all of us do our best to advocate for the support and tools our students need, help them discover their passions, and unlock their potential.

This month, EI is celebrating its 25th anniversary—two and a half decades of promoting quality public education for every student, in every country. To read my letter congratulating EI and thanking retiring General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen, one of the original architects of the organization, click here (PDF).

Office of International Relations:

  • The Office of International Relations manages NEA membership in Education International (EI), articulates NEA policy in international forums, and maintains communication with Education International affiliated national education unions around the world.
  • The office monitors and works with the United Nations, intergovernmental agencies, and international non-governmental organizations on issues that affect children, education, the education profession, women and human and trade union rights.


    End Human Trafficking

    Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It is happening in the United States. NEA seeks to better equip educators with useful resources on combating human trafficking. We prepared a collection of links to educational resources, and links to organizations where you can learn more about the issue and take actions. Learn more, here.

    World Teachers' Day

    World Teachers Day is observed every year on October 5th. This year's theme is “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”. Proclaimed in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of educators in providing quality education at all levels.

    This World Teachersthe celebration of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. The fundamental principles in the 1997 Recommendation, such as tenure, academic freedom, self-governance and collegiality, are essential to the future sustainability of democratic societies.

    Join us in celebrating the World Teachers’ Day. Together, we advocate for educators and the students they serve. Read President Eskelsen Garcia’s blog here.

    No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State

    NEA partnered with a National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) working group that is looking at what the US might learn from top-performing education jurisdictions around the world. The working group released its innovative report, “No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State”. Learn more.

    Why Should Educators Get Serious about Free Universal Education?

    NEA President Lily Eskelsen-García co-wrote an article for Education Week with Susan Hopgood, President of Education International, and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. Read more …

    The Launch of the Teachers' Code

    The Teachers' Code for Ethical International Recruitment and Employment Practices ( PDF, 324 KB, 14 pgs.) released on June 4th, 2015. Learn more.


    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi & NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia

    Unite for Quality Education!

    Teachers: A Day In the Life

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