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We advocate for the Global Community of Educators and Students

Learn more about our work advocating for the education profession globally and ensuring every student — at home and abroad — has access to a free, quality public education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

Education is a fundamental human right, and though achievable, this right has yet to be realized. In our diverse and interdependent world, dismantling the barriers to universal quality education requires engagement and advocacy at all levels. Through strategic partnerships, campaigns, and advocacy, NEA supports students and educators in our global community to fulfill the promise of quality public education for every student. 

NEA International Relations works to protect students, elevate educator voices, secure human and workers’ rights, and promote strong inclusive public education systems. In addition to policy and advocacy efforts, NEA provides support and resources to U.S. educators on global education. Find more information about the principles and structures that guide NEA International Relations.  

Conflict in the Middle East: Resources for Educators

Educators can use these resources and guidance to help address the ongoing crisis and support students in the classroom.
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How to Talk About the Israel-Hamas War

Education Week curated resources to help help students understand historical context, process current events, and use media literacy skills to analyze news coverage.
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Processing Attacks in Israel and the Outbreak of War in the Region

Facing History and Ourselves has a mini lesson to help students in grades 6-12 process violence, terror, and the loss of life in the wake of attacks in Israel and Israel's declaration of war against Hamas.
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Talking to Children About the Violence in Israel and Gaza

NPR talked to several experts about how parents can approach the current conflict with children. Read the transcript or listen to the original broadcast.
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How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War

Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
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Resilience in a Time of War: Tips for Parents and Teachers of Teens

This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide their adolescent children beyond fear and to resilience.
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National Child Traumatic Stress Network

NCTSN provides resources that can be filtered by topic or keyword and by audience with a focus on how adults can identify traumatic responses in young people and how to support them.

NEA President Becky Pringle: The Killing of Children Shocks Our Consciousness

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Traveling with the NEA President

In January 2023, Becky Pringle accepted Education International's invitation to participate in a mission to Israel and Palestine to meet with educators, students, union leaders, UN agencies and government officials. Follow her three-day journey to learn about the work of education unions in the region.

Educator Voice & The Role of Unions

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Global ESPs United to Increase Respect and Wages

Education Support Professionals (ESPs) from around the world gathered at Education International's World ESP Conference to raise awareness, status and pay.
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International Summit on the Teaching Profession

In May, NEA joined education ministers and education union leaders from around the world at the International Summit on the Teaching profession. Convened by OECD, Education International, and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain, this forum examined how governments and unions can work together to ensure no student is left behind as we move forward through the pandemic.
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CERD Update

This year the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), charged with ensuring compliance with the Convention of the same name, reviewed U.S. progress in eliminating racial discrimination from laws and practice. NEA submitted a shadow report on racial discrimination in the U.S. education system to the Committee to elevate education as a primary issue in this review.
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Educator Voices Elevated at U.N. Summit

NEA President Becky Pringle joined educator leaders to advocate for their profession before world leaders at the United Nations' Transforming Education Summit.
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“During the pandemic, the light was shining on the inequities in every one of our systems. Teachers are the ones who stood in those gaps. We must ensure they have respect, agency, support. That we lift them up and thank them.”
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

Human Rights & Democracy

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Supporting and Educating Migrant Refugee Children

Unaccompanied children who come to the United States often risked their lives to get an education and escape poverty. These educational resources can help educators support and educate those children.
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Combating Human Trafficking

Human trafficking has no borders and affects students of all demographics. Schools are uniquely positioned to identify and report suspected cases and connect affected students to critical resources. Find ways to join the fight to end human trafficking through these resources and organizations.

Global & Inclusive Education

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No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State

Most U.S. state education systems increasingly lag behind the rest of the world, but we have the ability to turn things around and retain our country’s global competitiveness. The National Conference of State Legislatures released a report examining common elements present in world-class education systems that offers insight and recommendations for the immediate improvements our students deserve.
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Reimagining our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education

This global report from UNESCO's International Commission on the Futures of Education asks what role education can play in shaping our common world and shared future as we look to 2050 and beyond.
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Education at a Glance 2022

This annual report is the authoritative source for data on the state of education around the world, providing information on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems across OECD countries and partner economies. This year's update focuses on tertiary education while also analyzing the impact of Covid-19 on education policies in 2021 and 2022.
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Palestinian Students Thrive When They Feel Welcomed in Schools

A Palestinian educator shares her experience and the value of inclusive classrooms.
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NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowships

Through this one year fellowship, public school educators can develop the knowledge and skills to integrate global competency into their instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.
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Principles for Effective and Equitable Educational Recovery from COVID

A joint collaboration between Education International and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)- outlines 10 principles for teaching through the pandemic and for a recovery toward effective and equitable education.

Climate Justice

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Teach for the Planet

This Education International campaign aims to ensure that climate education, based on science and with a civic action focus, becomes as fundamental as teaching reading and writing.
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Educators on a Heating Planet: Shaping Education Unions’ Vision for a Just Transition

How is climate change altering the education landscape and profession? This study collates the experiences of educators in the face of worsening climate change and aims to encourage dialogue among educators who recognize that climate protection is integral to the future welfare and progress of education unions.
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OECD Investigates Student Readiness to Take on Environmental Challenges

OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) recently released a new report that explores policy solutions and practices that can help students build an environmentally sustainable future.
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COP 27 Update & Report Out

NEA partner, Education International, shares updates and next steps from the 27th UN climate change conference.

NEA Solidarity with Ukraine

Students around the world deserve safety, security, and access to quality education – and they deserve to inherit a world at peace… we continue to condemn Russia’s grave and unjustifiable invasion and stand with the people of Ukraine and all those speaking up for peace.
- Becky Pringle

The NEA stands in solidarity our Ukrainian colleagues and supports their educators, students, and school communities during the prolonged full scale invasion.

Learn more and contribute to NEA’s Solidarity Fund for Ukraine

Teaching in Ukraine After a Year of War

As the war on Ukraine continues, only 25 percent of schools across the country are open, but that hasn't stopped Ukraine's educators in finding new ways to educate their students in the war-torn country and help students cope with trauma.

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Global Education Unions Solidarity with Ukraine

Education unions from around the world stand in solidarity. See their messages of support and read Education International and its European Trade Union Committee for Education's joint statement demanding an end to the military aggression and sovereign peace for Ukraine.

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Federal Education Association Delegates at the 2022 RA

NEA Members Teaching Overseas

The Federal Education Association (FEA) represents thousands of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) employees in Europe, Asia, the United States and its territories. Our members include teachers and certified staff, education support professionals and retirees. FEA advocates for the rights and benefits of its members, so they can educate and inspire the children of military families throughout the world of DoDEA.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.