Education Ministers voice appreciation for teachers

    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - "CMEC is proud to be among the thousands of
organizations in over 100 countries to celebrate World Teachers' Day on
October 5," noted the Honourable Kelly Lamrock, the recently elected Chair of
CMEC. "On behalf of ministers of education across the country, I want to
salute all teachers in Canada and around the world for their valuable
contributions to students, schools, and communities. Canada is a world leader
in educational achievements and innovation, and our teachers play a central
role in inspiring youth and adult learners to succeed academically and
contribute to a civil society in which we all want to live."
    In Canada, there are approximately 375,000 teachers in public schools,
colleges, and universities delivering education to learners of all ages.
Around the world, there are more than 60 million teachers providing education
to children and youth.
    Through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), Education International, and numerous other
organizations, events are being planned worldwide to pay tribute to teachers
for their ongoing efforts to provide quality education to young people.

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern.

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