In July, NAR attended the 7th World Congress of Education International in Ottawa, Canada and followed the discussion on new policy for the next four years.
– Trade unions from around the world are concerned about the quality of education, from kindergarten to university, says NAR president Petter Aaslestad.
(The NAR delegation in Ottawa: general secretary Hilde Gunn Avløyp, president Petter Aaslestad and special adviser Jon Iddeng)
The fight against privatization and commercialization of education will be central in the next four years, as part of the major EI campaign "Unite for Quality Education"; a campaign which has received enormous attention worldwide and enables EI to hold a place at the table when education is discussed in OECD, UNESCO and other international fora.
A number of higher education trade unions were present at the Congress, and separate sessions were linked to the fight against temporary employment and to protect academic freedom.
– We are delighted that EI has decided to step up its efforts for academic freedom, says NAR president Petter Aaslestad.
– Trade unions from around the world are concerned about the quality of education, from kindergarten to university, says Petter Aaslestad. It gives strength to know that 32 million teachers stand together in this fight.
– It makes a lasting impression to hear about teachers who go to work every day with the aim of making a difference in young people's lives, although it may cost them their lives. We leave here inspired and with many new contacts, Petter Aaslestad concludes.
At the congress, Union of Education Norway's vice president Steffen Handal was elected to the Executive Board of Education International. NAR congratulates him on the election!
Education International (EI) is the world's largest global union, representing over 30 million employees at all levels of education, from 170 different countries. From Norway's NAR, union and schools' Association members.
The congress in Ottawa, which took place from 21 to 26 July, was attended by more than 1,500 delegates and observers from EI member organizations around the world, including three delegates from NAR.
Read more about the EI Congress in Ottawa here