Educators mark World Teachers' Day with second Ghana project

    HALIFAX, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Teachers, community college faculty and
professional support staff will mark World Teachers' Day in Nova Scotia by
purchasing special bookmarks on Friday. Funds raised through the sale of the
bookmarks will be used to assist children attend school in the West African
nation of Ghana.
    "Our teachers make a difference in the lives of students every day," says
NSTU president Mary-Lou Donnelly. "We've launched this project to give our
members a chance to make a difference in the lives of students in Ghana."
    Public education is free in Ghana, but uniforms, shoes, school supplies
and lunches make the average cost of sending a child to school approximately
$105. In a country where the average per capita income is $2,200, this
presents a significant challenge.
    Donnelly says this project places no burden on students and their
families. "Our theme for the day is '77 million of the world's children are
denied access to education; we can change this.' By doing so, we will not only
be helping teachers and students in Ghana, we will be raising the profile of
our own members and teachers world-wide."
    Even so, the NSTU president admits, "the world has a long way to go to
meet the United Nations millennial goal of education for all by the year
    The NSTU has been working with the Ghana National Association of Teachers
(GNAT) for more than five years, with Nova Scotia teachers serving on four
teams that have provided much needed educational resources for this developing
    UNESCO proclaimed October 5 as World Teachers' Day in 1994 to honour the
international teaching profession and the value of teachers to society. Since
1995, the centennial year of the NSTU, consecutive Nova Scotia provincial
leaders have proclaimed the day. Premier Rodney MacDonald has done so again,
for 2007.

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For further information: Paul McCormick, Nova Scotia Teachers Union,
(902) 477-5621,,

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