The NUT International Solidarity, Peace & Disarmament Committee met today. The committee looked at progress on the recommendations from the Union delegation to Palestine (see here). A report of the delegation has been produced which can be downloaded here.
The committee also discussed the very successful conference the Union held on challenging the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) in May. The conference was attended by over 100 NUT activists from across the country, and had trades unionists and academics from five different continents discussing the impact of GERM and the response of teacher unions. there was a real focus on sharing experiences and building international solidarity in the struggle against GERM. A full report of the conference will appear on this blog. A brief description of GERM can be found here.
The committee agreed to follow this conference up by publishing a short book exploring the impact of GERM and the resistance of teachers unions and communities across the world. We will be looking to tie this in with the launch of a broader campaign around GERM on or around World Teachers Day on 5th October.
The committee also approved a grant to support NUT members in carrying out short research projects in their own local area, based on the themes of the conference. If you are interested in taking part in this work, please get in touch with myself or Howard Stevenson at the University of Nottingham.
The committee also referred proposals for capacity-building projects, alongside teacher unions in Kenya and Sierra Leone to the Union's Strategy, Finance and Communications Committee and agreed to affiliate to the Committee for Defence of Iranian People's Rights (CODIR).