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International Relations

Your voice counts! Show the world that quality education is important.

Your voice counts! Show the world that quality education is important.

The Office of International Relations manages NEA membership in  Education International (EI), articulates NEA policy in international forums, and maintains communication with EI 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.


International Women's Day

International Women's Day is March 8, 2015. This year's theme, “Make it Happen” encourages effective action for advancing and recognizing women. Learn more about International Women's Day and supporting women's advancement here.

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...

Ending Child Slavery - Be a Part of the Solution

Petition - Be a part of the solution and help the estimated 5.5 million children in the world who are enslaved. Sign the petition that will be delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon! The End Child Slavery initiative is endorsed by Education International, Anti-Slavery International, and several other global advocacy organizations.

Teacher Innovator Interview - NEA Member Evan Robbins is making life better for children in Ghana who were slaves in the fisheries of Lake Volta.

Educator Resource Toolkit - Child slavery also exists in the United States, as a first responder you can make a difference. ECPAT-USA has developed an important new Public Service Announcement video about sex trafficking of children.

Taking Action - Child Slavery blog there are examples all around us of action on this human rights issue of our time.

Universal Children’s Day 2014

Universal Children’s Day is on November 20th. Created in 1954, Universal Children’s Day is an annual and internationally recognized day observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between Children. The day signifies the devotion to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and welfare of the children of the world. Furthermore, the day signifies the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child ( PDF, 164 KB, 2 pgs.) and the approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ( PDF, 853 KB, 8 pgs.). Click the link below to see ways in which you can celebrate.

World Teachers' Day 2014

Mark your calendars; World Teachers’ Day is October 5th! Created in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is an annual and internationally recognized day devoted to the assessment, improvement, and appreciation of teachers worldwide. This year, on October 5th, World Teachers' Day will be celebrated around the world around the theme of “Invest in the Future, Invest in Teachers.” We invite you to take part in the celebration of the 20th World Teachers’ Day by adding your voice to support quality education and sending your message via to tell the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon that you support:

  • Quality Education for All
  • a post 2015 Development Goal for education
  • the global campaign to get all girls into school.

Be sure to also visit the Education International’s Unite for Quality Education website!

The International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was established by United Nations Resolution in 1981 as an annual day of non-violence and cease fire. Anyone anywhere can participate in International Day of Peace, whether they are soldiers participating in ceasefire, or a civilian simply lighting a candle in honor of the Peace Day. The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. The NEA supports the efforts of the International Day of Peace campaign. On September 21, take a moment to talk to your children about the importance of tolerance, dignity and respect. Peace for future generations depends on it. For information, visit the United Nations’ International Day of Peace website. Also, here's a message from NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia providing guidance to parents on how the September 21, 2014 observance of the International Day of Peace can be used as a learning opportunity for children.

Letter: Urgent Appeal to free Nigerian students

Letter from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel expressing grave concern about the well-being of the 276 female students who were kidnapped and are still held by Boko Haram militants.

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Education International

United for Quality Education

Learn about Education International, one of NEA’s partner organizations.


International Advocacy, Leadership, and Union Solidarity

The educational and social priorities that ensure teacher quality and promote student achievement are not limited to the United States — they are global concerns. Through NEA’s engagement internationally, the association furthers its mission, vision, and core values by advocating for human and trade union rights, supporting education unions and members in times of natural disaster, civil conflict, and political instability, and exchanging information about common challenges facing more that 30 million teachers and education support professions around the world. More ...

Great Public Schools for All

High quality, public education is a human right — achievable by holding governments accountable, eradicating all forms of child labor, and reaching out to historically underserved communities. NEA’s mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. More ...

Malala Day

Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani school girl, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt addressed thousands at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York on her 16th birthday. “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world.” Malala shares that the extremists are frightened by the power of education and that “books and pens are our most powerful weapons.”

Report: Getting Teacher Migration and Mobility Right

Around the world, many teachers feel compelled to leave their home countries and pursue employment opportunities abroad. Education International’s report, “Getting Teacher Migration and Mobility Right,” is a comprehensive report of these teachers’ experiences. Read more »

Unite for Education


Education for All Survey

Join the movement to provide all children with a quality education! Education International has launched an innovative survey, Education for All, to assess teaching and learning conditions in classrooms around the world.