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Education International

NEA believes that a strong international community of education employees is necessary to promote international understanding, defend the interests of education employees in all countries, and ensure every child has access to a quality education.

Ensuring quality public education for every student is a global effort. NEA supports students and educators in our global community through our membership in Education International (EI)—a worldwide organization of unions representing more than 32.5 million teachers and education employees.

Our international work extends to participation in several campaigns and movements designed to uphold human rights, protect children, promote quality public education, and secure workers' rights for educators. Through our partnerships, we provide resources for NEA members to advocate for their global colleagues and their students. These campaigns include:

Ending Human Trafficking—Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that happens around the world, including the United States. We have compiled resources to better equip educators to combat human trafficking and links to organizations where you can learn more about the issue and take action. Learn more.

Building a World-Class Education System State by State—We partnered with a National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) working group that examines what the U.S. might learn from top-performing education jurisdictions around the world. You can learn more by reading the working group's report, No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State.

Global Campaign for Education—GCE promotes access to education as a basic human right and mobilizes public pressure to create the political will for governments and other leaders in the international community to fulfill their promises to provide a free, quality public education for all children. Learn more.

Quality Education for All—We are working with education unions, professional associations, teachers, students, parents, and communities around the world to ensure universal access to a quality education for all. Learn more about this effort.

Ending Child Labor and Slavery—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.

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Education International COVID-19 Resources

As governments worldwide step up to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, educators and their unions are doing their part to support each other, their students and their communities.
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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.