"Education is a human right" - Educators call upon governments to honour commitments to free, quality, public education for all



    OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF)
is adding the voice of teachers to the chorus of appeals around the world
during Global Action Week, April 23-29, when hundreds of thousands of
concerned parents, students, activists and teachers will demand that
governments and international agencies live up to their promise of ensuring
that all children receive the quality education to which they are
fundamentally entitled. Currently, over 80 million children do not have access
to education.
    In April 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, 191
governments committed to provide Education for All (EFA) by the year 2015.
Canada, a signatory to the agreement, still falls far short of the 0.7% of
Gross National Income (GNI) target that it committed to Overseas Development
Assistance (ODA), which includes education aid.
    "Imagine what a different world we would live in if all children could
complete school; if the millions of children currently left waiting at school
gates were taught and inspired by teachers that fed their dreams and nurtured
their intelligence. We could give young people this chance", says CTF
President Winston Carter, "the chance to take part in democracy, to protect
their family from illness, to communicate in times of conflict, to be future
citizens of the world. It's time for Canada to step up to the plate and
deliver on the promise it made in Dakar."
    For over 80 years, CTF has advocated for quality, publicly-funded
education in Canada and throughout the world.
    "Education is an undeniable and inherent right of all human beings, but
it is also a means to an end: it provides children and adults with knowledge
and skills to live in a dignified manner and to contribute to their
societies", says Carter. "We are at the halfway point for the Education for
All goals, the goals have not been met, and time is running out. We want to
know what the current government plans to do to meet Canada's education aid
target."
    CTF Board Members and teacher leaders will be meeting with MPs on April
16 & 17 to discuss Education for All aid targets and other issues related to
Canada's international and national commitments to education.

    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
Organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF is also a member
of the international body of teachers, Education International.




For further information:

For further information: Linda Hiles, Interim Director of
Communications, (613) 232-1505, ext. 130; Comments: Winston Carter, CTF
President; Background: Barbara MacDonald Moore, Director of International
Programs, (613) 232-1505, ext. 123


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