Half a million Canadian teachers, education professionals and education workers represented at EI World Congress in Ottawa, July 21-26

July 07, 2015

OTTAWA – Half a million teachers, education professionals and education works in Canada will be represented at the quadrennial 7th Education International (EI) World Congress in Ottawa, July 21-26. The Canadians are among the 2,000 delegates, observers and guests from over 150 countries representing 402 organizations as part of EI’s 30-million membership. They will examine global issues in education, including austerity measures, public education, trade union movements, commercialization of education, GBLTT, Indigenous rights and the prevention of school-related gender-based violence.

EI Canadian Affiliate Members are:

EI President Susan Hopgood and EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen will present the top issues at a news conference at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 19. The presidents of the EI Canadian Affiliate Members will also be available at the conference to provide regional and national perspectives.

Details

What: EI World Congress

Who: 2,000 delegates, observers and guests. 

When: Pre-congress events, July 19-21, and Congress, July 21-26, 2015

Where: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

How: Download EI’s free app to access congress documents, the calendar of resolutions, live news and our twitter feed (#unite4ed)

Click here to find out the ten top reasons why media should cover the event.

Key events:

Tuesday, July 21 – 5:00 p.m. Official opening ceremony
Wednesday, July 22 – 2:15 p.m. Elections of Executive Board and Regional positions
2:45 p.m. Resolutions: The Response to Privatization, Commercialization and Financing
Thursday, July 23 – 9:30 a.m. Resolutions: The Right to Educational Quality, Equity and Learning
6:00 p.m. Book launch of Flip the System
Friday, July 24 – 10:30 a.m. Resolutions on Human and Trade Union Rights
2:00 p.m. Resolutions on Austerity, Debt and Commodification of Education
4:15 p.m. Resolutions on Improving our Status and Employment Conditions
Saturday, July 25 – 9:00 a.m. Resolutions on The World We Want
2:00 p.m. Presentation of Budget
5:00 p.m. EI Awards Ceremony: Awards presented to Ms. Luisa Bautista-Yu (the Philippines) and Ahmed Jassam SalihAl-shiblawi (Iraq)
Sunday, July 26 – 9:00 a.m. Resolutions on EI Structures and Dues
10:00 a.m. Resolutions on Solidarity and Unity
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Official closing ceremony (Closing speech from EI President Susan Hopgood)

Click here for the proposed resolutions.

-30-

Media contacts:

EI Headquarters, Brussels:

Timo Linsenmaier +32 473 52 47 30 (Brussels)
Andrew King +32 473 54 63 62

Canada:

Francine Filion (CTF) 1-613-688-4314
Valérie Dufour (CAUT) 1-613-293-1810

Quebec:

Christine Marceau (CSQ) 1-514-235-5082
France Désaulniers (FNEEQ-CSN) 1-514-219-2947
Hans-Olivier Poirier Grenier (FQPPU) 1-514-755-5858
Claude Fortin (FPPU) 1-819-649-1822