CTF’s International Program is a vibrant CTF service with a proud history of development cooperation in education. From 1962 to the present, we have worked in partnership with National Teacher Organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America to improve access to quality publicly funded education for all. Our International Program extends the priorities and advocacy work of CTF beyond our borders. Working in solidarity with our partners in developing countries, we support teachers taking action to improve learning. CTF believes that education is a human right and a public good which should be accessible to all. Yet, despite international attention to EFA targets and MDGs, the reality remains grim in many of our partner countries. Most teachers are under or un-trained. Literacy rates are terribly low. Too many girls are unsafe in school and, therefore, do not complete their education. While school enrolment has improved in many parts of the world, the goal of quality education for all has not been realized. CTF’s International Program engages teachers, from home and abroad, in taking action for learning.
Our program is dynamic; we support the needs identified by CTF partner organizations in the global south. In conjunction with our provincial and territorial Member organizations and in collaboration with Education International, CTF’s International Program supports our partners’ initiatives to address the needs of their members. Our program is cohesive. Much of our work concentrates on professional development (to improve student learning) and, at the same time, contributes to organizational capacity building and sustainability. We believe that teachers learn best from other teachers. Teachers taking action for teachers is, therefore, a significant characteristic of most CTF supported international projects and partnerships, including Project Overseas (our biggest international cooperation professional development initiative).
CTF’s International Program is overseen by the CTF Trust Fund, a registered charity governed by a Board of Trustees.
We believe that teachers learn best from other teachers. And because teaching and learning are reciprocal, we understand that Canadian teachers have much to offer, and also much to learn from teachers in other parts of the world.
CTF’s International Program therefore offers opportunities for teachers in Canada to volunteer and work with colleagues in Africa, the Caribbean and other locations. Volunteers provide professional development for teachers, transform schools into learning communities and strengthen teacher organizations. Canadian teachers return to their schools with a new understanding of their profession and more to offer students and colleagues.
There are also volunteer opportunities for Canadian teachers here at home. Project planning and communications are some of the ways teachers are engaged.
Through Project Overseas, each summer over 50 teachers from CTF Member organizations across Canada work with colleagues in various countries. Together they support on-going professional development projects offered by overseas teacher organizations. Further support is offered throughout the year through mentoring and reflection workshops.
Find out more about Project Overseas
(Please contact your provincial or territorial teacher organization for deadlines and additional requirements.)
The Norm Goble World Teachers’ Day Award
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is offering an annual award to celebrate World Teachers’ Day (WTD) in honour of former CTF Secretary General Dr. Norman Goble. The award is open to current or recent CTF Overseas partner organizations.
Goble worked with CTF in this position from 1970 to 1982, before continuing on to be the Secretary General of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (one of the founding global organizations of Education International) from 1982 to 1988. He was active in improving the quality of education both in Canada and abroad, as well as being integral to the initiation of WTD, before passing away August 10, 2013.
The Award recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of CTF International Program partners to celebrate World Teachers’ Day, and includes $1,000 CAD and 2 honourable mentions of $500 CAD each to carry out their proposed World Teachers’ Day (WTD) Activities.
Applications will be evaluated based on how well the event:
- fits the theme of WTD;
- is environmentally sustainable;
- showcases the work of teachers and celebrates the profession;
- advocates for equitable education;
- shows potential for long term benefit to the education sector, and
- engages teachers, students and the public.
WTD, which takes place on October 5, was established by UNESCO in 1994 following lobbying for its creation from CTF alongside EI. It was originally the brainchild of Goble, and aims to shed light internationally on the concerns of teachers while celebrating their successes.
October 5 was selected as the date because of a 1966 intergovernmental conference at which Goble was a delegate, wherein UNESCO adopted a recommendation concerning the status of teachers. This recommendation gave teachers the tools through which to assert their rights and make their responsibilities clear.