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News News Australian Susan Hopgood now President of International Education Union

Australian teacher and trade unionist Susan Hopgood will take on the presidency of Education International following the resignation of EI President Thulas Nxesi, who has been elected to the National Assembly of the Republic of South Africa.

Education International is the global union federation of organisations representing nearly 30 million teachers and other education workers, through 401 member organisations in 172 countries and territories.

“Susan brings a great wealth of experience, both within EI and in the international labour movement, to her new position,” noted Mr. Nxesi. “We are fortunate to have activists with such skills and integrity to lead our organisation.”

Susan Hopgood has been National Secretary of the AEU since 2006 and is the first woman to hold the position. A former secondary school mathematics teacher, Ms Hopgood rose through the ranks of the teacher trade union movement to become a national leader of the Australian Education Union, which affiliates 181,000 teachers and education workers in pre-schools, schools and vocational education institutions across the public sector in Australia.

First elected to the EI Executive Board in 2001, Ms Hopgood has served as a member of the Finance and Women’s Committees, and as Chair of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. She was Vice-Chairperson of EI’s Asia-Pacific Regional Committee from 2000 to 2006. From 1998-2006, she was Vice-President of the Council of Pacific Education, and she is also a Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.



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