Education awards go to Iraqi and Filipino leaders


An article by Education International

Education International has named two teacher union leaders from Iraq and the Philippines to be awarded human rights and education prizes for their outstanding commitment, engagement and courage in promoting education for all.


Ms Luisa Bautista-Yu, from the Philippines, and Ahmed Jassam SalihAl-shiblawi, from Iraq, have been selected by Education International (EI)’s Executive Board to receive the Albert Shanker Education Award and the Mary Hatwood Futrell Human and Trade Union Rights Award, respectively. These two international solidarity prizes are given out every four years during EI’s Congress, and have become one of its biggest highlights.

Ms. Bautista-Yu has had a successful career marked by her engagement for the development of education in the Philippines. She has been involved in the education sector for decades, starting as a primary teacher and attaining the position of regional coordinator of Eastern Vinyasas, which she currently holds. Her engagement and courage were decisive during the recovery mission after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, devastating infrastructures and leaving thousands of children out of school.

Mr. SalihAl-shiblawi Ahmed Jassim Salih, National President of the technical sector of the Iraqi Teachers Union (ITU), has shown immense courage and determination in the promotion of human and trade union rights in his country. Despite constant threats and attacks on himself, his family and co-workers, he continues to lead the union with skill, expertise and bravery.

The awards will be presented at EI’s 7th World Congress this July in Ottawa, Canada. 

(Thank you to Janet Hudgins, the CPNN reporter for this article.)

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Question for this article:

What is the relation between peace and education?

Letter from Mohatma Gandhi to Maria Montessori

To Madame Montessori

Even as you, out of your love for children, are endeavoring to teach children, through your numerous institution, the best that can be brought out of them, even so, I hope that it will be possible not only for the children of the wealthy and the well-to-do, but for the children of paupers to receive training of this nature. You have very truly remarked that if we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have the struggle, we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the whole world is hungering.