Guinness Book of Records Attempt on April 23 Canadian teacher leaders to teach World’s Biggest Lesson!

April 22, 2008

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) The President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is going back to the classroom this week to help break a Guinness world record by teaching this year’s World’s Biggest Lesson on April 23. Other teacher leaders in Canada are also planning to teach the World’s Biggest Lesson in their respective regions. They are Sean Noah, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA), Mary-Lou Donnelly, President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), Jimmy Jacquard, President of the Nunavut Teachers’ Association (NTA), Jim Tredger, President of the Yukon Teachers' Association (YTA), and Paul Taillefer, President of l’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO).

“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 who will be joined by former elementary school teacher and federal Member of Parliament Paul Dewar.

The World’s Biggest Lesson is the highlight of this year’s Global Action Week (GAW) which is being held this week by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a coalition of charities, teacher organizations, trade unions and citizens’ groups worldwide.

“This year’s GAW theme builds on the previous theme with education as a human right and encourages 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.”

Related links: Global Action Week 2008 | Canadian Global Campaign for Education (

Details of the 2008 World’s Biggest Lesson:

Date: April 23, 2008
Time: 11 a.m. - Eastern Standard Time




Ottawa, ON

Ottawa, ON

Halifax , Nova Scotia

Halifax West High School

Mary-Lou Donnelly
CTF Vice-President and President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union

26 students – grade 12

Nancie de la Chevotiere


Iqaluit , Nunavut

Nakasuk Elementary School

Jimmy Jacquard
CTF Vice-President and President of the Nunavut T eachers’ Association

55 students – grade 4


Collège catholique Samuel Genest

704, chemin Carson, Ottawa ( Ontario)

Paul Taillefer
CTF Vice-president and President of l’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens

Mauril Bélanger
Federal MP

55 students – grade 7 – Large Amphitheatre

Carleton Heights Public School

1600 Prince of Wales Dr , Ottawa, Ontario

Emily Noble
CTF President

Paul Dewar
Federal MP

22 students – grade 3


St. John’s , Newfoundland

Sean Noah
President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association



Jack Hulland Elementary School

Jim Tredger
President of the Yukon Teachers’ Association

Patrick Rouble
Minister of Education

Grade 6 class


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 ( is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (

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Media contacts:

NLTA: Lesley-Ann Browne, Communications Officer, 709-726-3223
NSTU: Paul McCormick, Angela Murray, Public Relations and Communications, 902-477-5621
NTA: Jimmy Jacquard, President, 867-979-0750
AEFO: Marie-Elizabeth Brunet, Communications Officer, 613-244-2336
YTA: Jim Tredger, President, 867-668-6777
CTF: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or cell, 613-899-4247