Canadian teachers depart on missions around the world as part of Project Overseas program

July 10, 2007

Ottawa – Fifty-teachers from across Canada are embarking on their respective education missions around the world after attending a four-day orientation program provided by the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) from July 5-8 in Ottawa.

This is the 45th year anniversary of Project Overseas, which is highly praised for providing assistance to teachers in developing nations in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. Since 1962, 1,882 Canadian teachers have participated in CTF’s Project Overseas program, working with close to 100,000 teachers around the world. The ripple effect of their participation has touched over 3 million students!

Project Overseas involves Canadian teachers who volunteer their time and talents to assist in raising the academic and professional qualifications of teachers in developing countries. In addition to raising the profile of the teacher organization in the developing country, Canadian teachers learn from their host country colleagues and each other.

Project Overseas is financed by CTF, its Member organizations, and contributions from the Canadian International Development Agency.

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org) and the Canadian Global Campaign for Education.

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Contact:

Linda Hiles, Interim Director of Communications, 613-232-1505, ext.130