OTTAWA, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Teachers across Canada and around the world are
asking the Conservative government to override the bureaucratic
decision that rejects the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) proposal.
It would have involved tens of thousands of Canadian and overseas
teachers working together to deliver quality education in developing
"The global education community is reeling from the shock after being
informed of the CIDA decision," says CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly.
"We have received an overwhelming number of letters and emails from a
cross-section of Canadian and overseas teachers, ministers of
education, partner organizations and global education networks.
"The five-year proposal builds on 50 years of partnership with the
government of Canada and overseas partners. Not only are Canadian
teachers dedicated as international volunteers, they have the valuable
training and essential skills to work with their teacher colleagues and
help improve teaching and learning in developing countries.
Canadian teachers have been praised worldwide for their work as pioneers
and promoters of quality education. CTF's International Programs have
one focus: helping local teachers deliver quality education. Here's how
Canadian teachers help:
Provide professional development for over 13,000 under trained teachers
and nearly 2,300 teacher trainers who will be sharing their skills with
23,000 additional teachers in marginalized areas of developing
Lead projects designed to meet the national goals of quality "Education
For All" in Ghana, Guinea, Mongolia, Uganda, India, Mozambique, Burkina
Faso, Sierra Leone and Togo;
Train teachers to help achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
including gender equality, health disease prevention, eradication of
extreme poverty and global partnership for development, just to name a
"Teachers here and around the world urge the Minister to intervene today
for the sake of the 40,000 overseas teachers and their over 2-million
students who would benefit from the CTF program. Canada's image as a
champion for quality public education depends on it," concludes
The Canadian Teachers' Federation (www.ctf-fce.ca) speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice
on education and related social issues. CTF is also a member of the
international body of teachers, Education International (www.ei-ie.org).
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SOURCE Canadian Teachers' Federation
For further information:
Comments: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
Contact: Francine Filion, CTF Communications Director, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)
Background information: Barbara MacDonald Moore, CTF Director of International Programs, 613-688-4304