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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.


    Ending Child Labor and Slavery – Film and Resources

    The Price of Free is an award winning documentary about 21st century child labor, focusing on children rescued by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Until March 27, 2019, educators can register to stream The Price of Free without cost

    100 million children around the world are denied their basic human rights. They are trafficked, forced into labor for survival, and do not have access to education. The 100 Million Campaign  builds a strong advocacy for and with these children. The Teachers’ Action Guide ( PDF) includes resource materials for use at the upper elementary through high school levels. Also available in Spanish ( PDF).

    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 5. This year’s theme is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.” 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.

    Education International, the voice of educators worldwide, has done a remarkable thing in giving us all a gift for the World Teachers Day of “25 Lessons on Education and Democracy” by EI President Susan Hopgood (Australia) and retired EI General Secretary Fred van Leuven (Netherlands). They have designed a gorgeous poster to accompany the book. Read those 25 lessons in a few words, and see a powerful visual that reminds everyone why public education and getting it right for every student is such important work. Click here to download and print this remarkable poster.

    Please share this link with your friends and families, and encourage them to pass it onto their circles. The world is counting on us! Together, we can successfully advocate for educators and the students they serve.

    Happy World Teachers Day!

    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.


    Free Teacher Unionist Mohammed Habibi!

    See how you can help, here



    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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