NUPGE - Teachers in shock over CIDA program rejection

February 04, 2011

Teachers in shock over CIDA program rejection

'We have received an overwhelming number of letters and e-mails from a cross-section of Canadian and overseas teachers.' - CTF.

Ottawa (4 Feb. 2011) - Teachers across Canada and around the world are asking the Harper government to reverse a decision by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to reject participation in a major overseas education initiative.

The request was made by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) which supports the international proposal to involve tens of thousands of teachers, including those from Canada, in a program to deliver quality education in developing countries.

“The global education community is reeling from the shock after being informed of the CIDA decision,” says CTF president Mary-Lou Donnelly.

“We have received an overwhelming number of letters and e-mails from a cross-section of Canadian and overseas teachers, ministers of education, partner organizations and global education networks," she says.

“The five-year proposal builds on 50 years of partnership with the government of Canada and overseas partners. Not only are Canadian teachers as dedicated as international volunteers, they have the valuable training and essential skills to work with their teacher colleagues and help improve teaching and learning in developing countries."

Canadian teachers have been praised worldwide for their work as pioneers and promoters of quality education. CTF says its international programs have one focus - helping local teachers deliver quality education.

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