School officers recognised for #CAREERSTHATMATTER
The significant contribution of school officers and services staff to our school communities has been recognised on School Officer Day, as part of the inaugural International Education Support Staff Day, held on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.
Chapters, recognising the significance of the occasion, held celebratory morning teas as an opportunity to say thanks to their colleagues, and wore stickers which read “support, success, support school officers”.
We know that school officers and services staff undertake important roles in schools. From administrators to librarians and laboratory technicians to teacher aides, the careers of school officers greatly enhance students’ education.
Yet across the world, school officers experience significant issues relating to their working conditions. Poor pay, casualisation, a lack of professional development and recognition are global issues which education support staff fight against.
Members participating in the day’s celebrations recognised how these issues affect their colleagues and shared messages of support in the theme #CAREERSTHATMATTER
The day was also an opportunity to celebrate alongside our New Zealand colleague members of NZEI TE RIU ROA to strengthen the global campaign for better working conditions for education support staff.
Our union has previously celebrated school officers on School Officer Day, held in October. We will now take the opportunity to celebrate School Officer Day as part of International Education Support Staff Day every June.
The new celebration is the result of the endorsement of a resolution at last year’s 7th Education International (EI) World Congress to create a worldwide day to recognise the significant contribution School Officers make to quality education in our schools. The day is also a time to acknowledge the important role of Services Staff in our school communities.
View photographs from the celebrations in the gallery below.