NEA Working Around the World
The educational and social priorities that ensure teacher quality and promote student achievement are not limited to the United States—they're global concerns.
That's why NEA's Office of International Relations monitors and works with the United Nations, intergovernmental agencies, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on issues that affect teaching and learning
The most important role of the International Relations Office is to represent NEA on the world's education stage as a member of Education International (EI). This keeps NEA and its members connected to more than 394 education unions from 171 countries and territories. EI promotes every child's right to a quality public education and advocates for human and trade union rights within the profession.
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). EI is the world's largest international trade secretariat.
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.