2010 Global Action Week -- 1Goal: Education for All campaign rallies Canadian students and teachers

April 16, 2010

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) When Global Action Week (GAW) rolls out April 19 to 25, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will be among the thousands of organizations and coalitions signed on to the 1Goal: Education for All campaign organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE).

“The GAW reminds governments and donors to act together, mobilize their resources and honour their financial commitments to make Education for All (EFA) targets a reality,’ explains CTF President, Mary-Lou Donnelly. “The United Nations calculates that 18 million teachers are needed for the estimated 72 million children around the world who are denied the chance to go to school. Current financing levels fall short of what is required and what has been pledged.

“Appropriately, this year’s theme focuses on education financing.  As the world reels in the aftershocks of the global financing crisis, we must keep education to the fore,” she adds.  “A body of research shows that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for families, communities and entire countries. Education further reduces corruption, promotes democracy, strengthens women’s rights, increases economic growth and reduces violence.

“The math is simple. But yet, why have the contributions by the international community not added up to the full extent of the commitments,” she adds. “Together, world leaders should back a global plan and invest in the world’s forgotten children.”

This year’s GAW is tied to the FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa this year from June 11 to July 11. Using video and print media, the GAW involves well-known sports broadcasters, sponsors, players and teams and aims to bring to the attention of billions of fans the progress, challenges and constraints linked to providing education on the African continent. The campaign, chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, will continue beyond GAW and gain momentum in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup.

CTF has been an active supporter of GAW since its inception and encourages teachers and students to get involved by signing on to the 1Goal: Education for All  campaign. Teachers can also take part in the Big Lesson and can download the resources from <http://www.campaignforeducation.org/en>.

CTF is an active member of the Canadian Global Campaign for Education, a coalition of civil society organizations working to enhance Canada’s contribution to meeting the Education for All goals. Founded in 1920, CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations that represent nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.

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Comments:  Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President, 613-688-4300 
Media Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 and cell 613-899-4247