EI Launches New Web Site on Education and the Economic Crisis

    - Hands Up for Education!

    - Education International is Working Hard to Persuade Governments Around
      the World of the Need to Invest in Education as a Positive Response to
      the Global Economic Crisis

    BRUSSELS, June 9 /CNW/ - To that end, EI has launched a new campaign and
web site called "Hands up for education: The smart strategy for economic
recovery." It aims to assist EI's 400 member organisations in their efforts to
ensure that funding for public education is enhanced, not cut, as governments
struggle to cope with the impact of the crisis.
    "The web site will be a vital tool for linking EI's global advocacy with
national and local action to encourage reinvestment in strong and stable
public education systems to meet the needs of the knowledge society," said
Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education, the global union federation
representing 30 million teachers and education workers in 170 countries.
    The web site will feature breaking news about the economic crisis and
decisions affecting funding for education, as well as analysis and commentary
on a new blog called Funding Education: Crisis Watch by veteran teacher trade
unionist Bob Harris. It will also offer campaign materials for educators, and
snapshots of the developments in different countries through interactive
Google maps.
    "In some countries there have already been drastic cuts to education
budgets, staffing and wages, while in other countries the worst is yet to
come," van Leeuwen said. "In all countries, there is a powerful case to be
made for the role of investment in education in developing more sustainable,
fairer economies in the future."
    He noted that all levels of education - from preschool through primary
and secondary to vocational training and higher education - are important.
Investment in each of these sectors, and in qualified educators and support
staff, will create greater benefits for any society than sinking billions more
into the financial sector.
    "Now, more than ever, it's crucial for teacher trade unions to mobilize,
to demonstrate convincingly to the public and to governments that serious
investment in education is in the best interests of present and future
generations," van Leeuwen said.
    Please visit http://www.ei-ie.org/handsup and raise your voice for
investment in education as the smart strategy for economic recovery!

For further information:

For further information: Nancy Knickerbocker, EI Senior Coordinator,
Communications, Mobile: +32-476-850-701 or nancy.knickerbocker@ei-ie.org.

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