Skip to Content

International Relations

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.


    World Teachers' Day

    World Teacher’s Day is celebrated on October 5 and has been since it was first established in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This is a day to commemorate and celebrate teachers for their tireless efforts and commitment to quality education for all students at all levels of their academic careers. The theme of this year’s World Teachers' Day is: “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status“.

    This special World Teachers’ Day marks 50 years since the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers in Paris, France, was closed and the "Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers" was signed by representatives of UNESCO and International Labor Organization on October 5, 1966. The main purpose of the recommendation is to improve the professional status and working conditions of teachers.

    The National Education Association invites you to observe this important day. On October 5th, take a moment to say thank you to educators for all their hard work. For more information, visit

    Mark your calendar, International Day of Peace is September 21st!

    The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly as an annual day of non-violence and cease fire. This is a day devoted to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.

    The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is: “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”. September of last year, countries adopted the 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world and make it a better place for all those who inhabit it. Peace, justice, and strong institutions is one of this goals, but all 17 goals are vital in achieving world peace.

    The NEA supports the efforts of the International Day of Peace campaign and encourages everyone to participate. Any and every one can participate by doing a good deed for someone, pledging to resolve a conflict, lighting a candle at noon, silent meditation, or simply discussing with peers or children the importance of peace and conflict resolution. To learn more about this day, visit the United Nations International Day of Peace Website.

    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.

    NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia's reflection on her recent visit to Finland

    "I have been to Finland. It’s the place where teachers go after they die if they’ve been good and taught the Whole Blessed Child; if they’ve rejected the hell of Obsessive Standardized Testing." More...

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

    Unite for Quality Education!

    Teachers: A Day In the Life

    NEA International Relations Archives