Fred van Leeuwen

Fred van Leeuwen

Fred van Leeuwen is the General Secretary of Education International. Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe.
It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing 30 million education employees in about 400 organisations in 170 countries and territories, across the globe.

The topic at a side conference at the recent World Economic Forum this year – “Robots Vs. Humans: The teacher of the future?” – was deliberately provocative. Sponsored by Education International and the Varkey Foundation, the discussion among education activists and officials was a lively exploration of the value of teachers in a technological age. The consensus? Technology done right will help teachers tackle coming challenges in innovative and inclusive ways and there is no more valuable factor in a quality ...

The American philosopher, educator, and long-time member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) John Dewey (1959-1952) wrote “Democracy and Education: A Philosophy of Education” a century ago. It has been interpreted, re-interpreted and, according to Dewey, misinterpreted many times. I will not fall into that trap, but rather, offer a few reflections based on some of the ideas contained in that important book. It is about democracy, but in a broad sense; about the ethics of democracy and about developing ...

In recent years, governments seemed to be obsessed with public-private partnerships. Education is not exempt from that phenomenon. PPPs are often based more on faith in the market than on performance, quality, or efficiency. Often, their greatest accomplishment is to shift resources from public coffers to private pockets. In education, it is common for PPPs to masquerade as being cost-free or inexpensive ways to educate children; including disadvantaged and poor children. But, as we have often been told, there are no ...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Beyond the Summit

The sixth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) was held in Berlin on the third and fourth of March 2016. The first such summit, in New York in 2011, was a major breakthrough for teachers, which also recognised Education International (EI) as the global representative of teachers and of the profession. The New York meeting, like subsequent summits, brought EI together with governments and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) (OECD), with its considerable expertise and bountiful data on ...

No question that 2015 was a milestone year for education globally. But education advocates see 2016 as a critical year; a time to build on the success of placing education as a top United Nations goal for achieving sustainable development. The momentum accelerated recently as Education International and U.S.-based ASCD promised combined initiatives to support a “Whole Child” approach that links health and well-being directly to the UN’s education goal. The organizations issued a joint declaration this week that makes clear education and ...

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Contributors

  • Joanna Härmä joined the EFA Global Monitoring Report Team in November 2011 after two and a half years working on the UK Department for International Development’s Education Sector Support Programme…

  • Devin K. Joshi is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University and on leave from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the…

  • Sneh Aurora is a human rights advocate and consultant specialised in human rights education strategy and planning, advocacy, programme management, research, capacity building and workshop facilitation.Sneh recently led Amnesty International’s…

  • Tanvir Muntasim is the International Policy Manager, Education for ActionAid. His role entails monitoring and engaging with key education related global policy debates, platforms and networks. He previously worked for…

  • Carol Anne Spreen is an Associate Professor of International Education at New York University. Her scholarship and policy work focus on issues of school quality and education reform. For the…

  • Graham is the National Environment Co-ordinator for the University and College Union (UCU) in the UK. He has attended UN Climate Conferences as a member of the ITUC delegation. He…

  • Emma is a doctoral researcher, a secondary teacher of languages and English of 20 years in the UK maintained sector. She is currently leading an English department in North London…

  • madeleine kennedy macfoy works for Education International; her work is mainly focused on the implementation of the EI gender equality action plan.

  • Danaë Desplanques & Romain Chave work at the Education and Solidarity Network, an international organisation which aims at bringing together education, health and social protection players in order to promote…

  • Beth is an executive committee member of the European students' union (ESU), the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students from 38 countries. Beth is studying a masters in…

  • Sylvain Aubry is an independent consultant on human rights based in Nairobi, Kenya, from where he works with various organisations. He is currently working with the Global Initiative for Economic,…

  • Alex Molnar is NEPC Publications Director, Director of the Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU), and Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has published numerous articles on…

  • John Heffernan is the Executive Director of RFK Speak Truth To Power at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Heffernan brings to RFK Human Rights over 20 years of experience in…

  • Dr. Gerald K. LeTendre is professor of education and international affairs and head of the department of education policy studies for the Penn State College of Education. He is currently…

  • David Archer is Head of Programme Development with ActionAid (www.actionaid.org), a board member of the Global Campaign for Education (www.campaignforeducation.org ) and is the elected representative for Northern civil society…

  • David works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in the areas of Curriculum and Pedagogy. He was previously a teacher and school principal. His…

  • Tore Bernt Sørensen currently is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. His PhD project concerns the reasons for andimplications of the increased attention directed…

  • Stephen Ball is a Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL, Institute of Education, London UK, an education policy researcher and author of several books on education policy including…

  • Lois Weiner is a professor of education at New Jersey City University and a member of AFT Local  #1839. She co-edited with Mary Compton a collection of essays, the “The…

  • Angelo Gavrielatos is the Project Director at Educational International (EI) responsible for leading EI's response to the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education.He was the Federal President of the Australian…