As the global union federation representing teachers and education workers worldwide, Education International defends the rights and status of the teaching profession.
The UNESCO-ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers adopted in 1966 has essentially served as a charter of rights for teachers worldwide. It is so significant that the 5th October, the anniversary of its signing, became the date chosen for World Teachers’ Day. Similarly, the Recommendation on the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel adopted in 1997 made further commitments regarding college and university faculty.
Hence, teachers, professors and other education workers at all levels of the education system now have international instruments that defined their responsibilities and asserted their rights as professionals and as workers.
In adopting the Recommendations, governments unanimously recognised the fundamental importance to society of having highly-qualified education workers who are equipped to do their best for the next generation. Although governments the world over claim to support the values and principles in the Recommendations, many do not actually demonstrate respect for the rights enshrined in them, nor do they implement policies that comply with them. Therefore, it is critically important that the UNESCO-ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendation on the Status of Teachers and the Recommendation on the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel (CEART) continues to monitor the application of the Recommendations, and to rule on violations of teachers’ rights.
EI reports on and evaluates the situation of teachers’ rights around the world, and then submits a detailed report to the CEART during its triennial meetings.