Guinness Book of Records Attempt Canadian teachers invited to teach World’s Biggest Lesson!

February 21, 2008

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) The President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) invites teacher colleagues across Canada to help break a Guinness world record by teaching this year’s World’s Biggest Lesson on April 23.

“I am so pleased to join the global movement of teachers, students, education supporters and politicians in over 100 countries, in thousands of different classrooms, adult education centers, university campuses, churches and village halls, by taking part in the World’s Biggest Lesson,” says CTF President Emily Noble.

The World’s Biggest Lesson is the highlight of this year’s Global Action Week (GAW) which will be held April 21 ‑ 27 by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a coalition of charities, teacher organizations, trade unions and citizens’ groups worldwide. GAW is held annually to mark the anniversary of the 2000 World Education forum in Dakar and to remind world leaders of the promises to ensure equitable access to quality education.

“This year’s Global Action Week is of particular importance since it marks the mid-point towards the achievement of the Education for All (EFA) goals,” explains Noble. “The EFA process aims to achieve a set of goals by 2015. But governments have still much to do if they want to keep their promises on EFA by 2015,” she adds. “Today, 73-million children – most of them girls – and 800 million adults – most of them women – are still denied an education. A n estimated 18-million teachers need to be recruited between now and 2015 to meet new education demands.

“This year’s GAW theme builds on the previous theme with education as a human right and encouraging us to promote Quality Education to End Exclusion,” says Noble. “This theme resonates well with Canadian teachers since inclusion and class composition were identified as main priority work for CTF for 2007 to 2010.

“ As global citizens and teachers, we must raise public awareness about the importance of education a s a fundamental human right . We hope teachers in Canada will take part in this World’s Largest Lesson to remind world leaders – including Canadian leaders – that they must adhere completely to their international commitments to EFA ” , says Noble who will be doing her part by teaching the World’s Biggest Lesson to elementary students in Ottawa on April 23. She will be joined by former elementary school teacher and federal Member of Parliament Paul Dewar.

“The single most important lesson of the past century is that education wipes out poverty and nourishes democracy,” says CTF President Emily Noble. “That is my personal drive in this year’s campaign.”

Details of the World’s Biggest Lesson:

Date: April 23, 2008

Time:

4 a.m., 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) – i.e. 11 a.m. in Ottawa
For exact times in other Canadian centres, please consult this Web site: http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/

How:

To be officially recorded in the Guinness Book of Records, registration is required at the Canadian Global Campaign for Education Web site which also offers simple instructions, a registration form and a copy of the easy-to-follow World’s Biggest Lesson plan. http://www.campaignforeducationcanada.org/globalactionweek2007/
action/what_is_global_action_week.php

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 as well as an Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

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For comments: Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-688-4300
Media contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314