TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - The Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA) has collected $25,000 towards its Japanese relief
fund. Donations from teachers across the province will be directed to
Education International's EI Solidarity Fund to help the people of
Japan rebuild following the earthquake and tsumani.
"Our heartfelt thoughts are with the Japanese people," says OECTA
President James Ryan. "It's difficult to comprehend the devastation
they are experiencing. Our donation is one small way that we can
contribute to helping them rebuild their lives and their communities."
"A disaster on that scale is particularly traumatizing for children,"
Ryan adds, "but we are already hearing about efforts to re-open schools
and convert usable buildings to classrooms so that students can start
attending school again. A return to routine and being together will
contribute to a sense of normalcy."
OECTA is a teachers' association that represents 45,000 professional
women and men who teach all grades in publicly funded English Catholic
schools in Ontario.
SOURCE Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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