Union challenged to have the courage to rely on evidence rather than ideology


Dr. Shannon May, Co-Founder, Bridge International Academies

Education International, the global teaching trade union body, has been challenged to provide solutions to the global education crisis, rather than trying to thwart attempts to reform the sector.

In an open letter to the union’s General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, Bridge Academies’ co-founder calls on Education International to have the ‘courage to rely on evidence rather than ideology’; invest in education R&D and prioritise the 600 million children currently victims of failing education systems.

The letter comes as the new UN annual report on progress towards the sustainable development goals reveals that that ‘the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030 and ‘stresses the need for new partnerships’ and underscores the need for timely and accessible data’.

Extracts from the Open Letter to Education International from Bridge Academies:

“We would hope that any group focused on education would embrace attempts to deliver millions of children from poverty rather than trying to thwart them.

“There are nearly 600 million children who are not receiving a quality education. There are children fleeing conflict, there are children in classrooms with teachers who can themselves not read, and there are children who live in communities where there simply are not enough classrooms, or no schools. This is the reality on the ground.”

“The only way to bring our shared goal into reality is to commit to education reform.”

“…many of us will have to have the courage to rely on evidence rather than ideology and work with partners that represent different interest groups.”

“We would welcome constructive participation from your organisation in consortiums to fund investment in R&D to create more effective teacher training, more effective management systems, and more effective teacher and learner resources.”

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