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Teaching in Freedom: Lessons from the Ayotzinapa 43

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On 26 September 2014, 43 students from a teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa, Mexico disappeared after attending a protest against discriminatory hiring practices in Iguala. Travelling back to Ayotzinapa, the group was stopped by municipal police. The police opened fire, claiming that the bus had been hijacked. After the clash, the 43 students were never seen again. Though the Mexican Government claim that they have all been killed, most of the students remain missing to this day.

To mark the three year anniversary of the disappearance, the NEU - NUT Section is partnering with Justice Mexico Now!, Amnesty International UK and UCU to deliver a two-week series of events, raising awareness of this terrible injustice.

25 September - 6 October: Exhibition of 'Donde Estan? A Tribute to the Ayotzinapa 43' collection by Jan Nimmo

28 September: Justice Mexico Now! Conference

5 October: Teaching in Freedom: Lessons from the Ayotzinapa 43

This final event will be a panel discussion, highlighting the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers and framing it as a starting point for discussions about the freedom to teach and the need for teachers to have space and freedom in the classroom. Panellists include NEU NUT Section President Louise Regan, Gambia Teachers' Union General Secretary Marie Antoinette Corr-Jack, Education International's Senior Coordinator Nicolas Richards, and Amnesty International UK's Country Coordinator for Mexico Tilly Lavenas. NEU Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney will chair, and all are welcome to attend.

17.30 - 18.15: 'Donde Estan? A Tribute to the Ayotzinapa 43' exhibition open for viewings (event arrivals)

18.15 - 19.30: Panel event with Q&A session

19.30 - 20.00: 'Donde Estan? A Tribute to the Ayotzinapa 43' exhibition open for viewings (event departures)

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