NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - All eyes around the world are turned to
Canada at the United Nations as trade union women collectively condemn
the Canadian government's rejection of a proposal for a sustainable
quality education program that would have benefited over 2-million
students and 40,000 teachers in developing countries. The proposal
would have also valued and supported the voluntary contributions of
hundreds of Canadian teachers.
The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) has received overwhelming
support from union leaders of Education International (EI), Public
Services International (PSI) and the International Trade Unions
Confederation (ITUC) at the 55th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
"Gender equality and the empowerment of women have been cross-cutting
issues in all of our international programs of education and
development", explains CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly. "We have a long
history of providing ongoing support to women teacher networks in Asia,
Africa and Latin America, with a strong emphasis on eradicating
violence against girls and women, advocating for legislation for equal
rights and promoting gender equality in teacher organizations. They, in
turn, enhance gender equity efforts of national partners.
"Are we yet another victim of the right-wing ideology which is currently
being manifested by a series of funding cuts and rejections of
proposals by progressive organizations and democratic voices of civil
society?" asks Donnelly. "Canada must not relinquish its role as a
champion for education and for peace building."
NOTE: CTF will hold a media scrum on Thursday, Feb. 24, between 11:15 and
11:30 a.m. immediately after the Canadian government's presentation at
the UN General Assembly. CTF will be joined by two teacher leaders from
Ivory Coast and Jamaica who will attest to the sustainability and
long-term benefits of the CTF International Programs.
The five-year CTF proposal is built on 50 years of experience and
knowledge working with teachers in developing countries. It would have
engaged some 400 Canadian teachers in the delivery of much needed
professional development in Ghana, Guinea, India, Mongolia, Uganda,
Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Togo; it also had the
potential to reach thousands more.
A petition is currently being circulated by EI, PSI and ITUC delegates
at the UNCSW, urging the Conservative government to rescind its
decision. An online petition is also featured on the Federation's Web
site at http://www.ctf-fce.ca/petition/Default.aspx. Letters of support from across Canada and around the world (http://www.ctf-fce.ca/International/joinus.aspx) can be read here.
CTF (www.ctf-fce.ca) is the national alliance of 200,000 teachers across Canada and a member
of Education International (www.ei-ie.org).
SOURCE Canadian Teachers' Federation
For further information:
Spokesperson: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
Media contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-899-4247 or email@example.com
Background information: Barbara MacDonald, Director of CTF International Programs, 613-232-1505