The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEU), one of EI’s national affiliates, launched on 4 October 2013 its Quality Education campaign at the National Carillon in Canberra, in support of Education International (EI) Unite for Quality Education and World Teachers Day. The theme of the IEU Campaign “Quality Education; What we do; Who we are” highlights crucial role that teachers, and those who support teaching, play in the delivery of quality education.
“Quality teaching requires commitment to quality career pathways, quality teacher development and quality learning environments,” explained Federal Secretary Chris Watt. “The IEU will work during 2013-2014 to ensure governments commit to resourcing and supporting quality education.”
Ring out for Quality Education
Along with the National Carillon, Church Cathedral bells in Perth, Adelaide Melbourne and Brisbane rang out on the day, to celebrate the work of teachers.
The Swan Bells in Perth also participated in sending the celebration across the Indian Ocean as other education unions campaigned globally for World Teachers’ Day.
International union colleagues from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)/UK, NASUWT President Mike Lyons and NASUWT Education Officer Jude Glover, and the Secretary General of the Council of the Pacific Education, Govind Singh joined with IEU members in the celebrations.
IEU Quality Teaching Framework Policy
As part of the Quality Education Campaign, the IEU launched its Quality Teaching Framework Policy which outlines the fundamental elements to delivering quality education.
The IEU campaign will be conducted over 2014, and will also involve a coordinated approach to promoting best practice within our schools, publicly profiling the work of our member through a National Photography Awards and nationally campaigning for the appropriate resources to continue the delivery of quality education as well as internationally campaigning with other education unions.
“We warmly welcome this initiative from Australian colleagues aiming at raising awareness in the broader public and in their government,” said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. “Thanks to such initiatives from teacher unionists in Australia and worldwide linking local and national activities to the global umbrella of our Unite campaign, we will ensure that education stays well on top of the post-2015 development agenda.”
Van Leeuwen’s message to IEU National Conference delegates on launch of 2013 World Teachers’ Day and year of mobilisation to deliver Quality Education for All is available here
Updates on the IEU campaign can also be found here
The IEU campaign booklet can be downloaded here
Unite for Quality Education is a campaign of Education International (EI), the voice of teachers and other education employees across the globe. Join the 30 million members EI represents (through its 400 affiliated organisations in more than 170 countries and territories) to demand that quality education for all remains at the top of the agenda for a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous future.