OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is honouring the World Day against Child Labour on June 12 and advocating for world-wide quality public education as part of the multi-faceted solution to eradicating child poverty.
The first World Day against Child Labour was held by the International Labour Organization in 2002 in order to draw public attention to the working children of the world and to encourage the abolishment of child labour.
“Child labour is a global travesty, and one that can only be properly addressed with an increased social consciousness and the end of child poverty,” said CTF President Dianne Woloschuk.
“Public education has the ability to help children triumph over adversity and to escape from inhumane working conditions so that they can experience childhood.”
The theme of this year’s Education International World Congress, taking place in Ottawa from July 21 to 26, is “Unite for Quality Education.” In keeping with the theme, specific demands will be brought to the table at the congress that encourage accessible education on an international scale. This includes that education be recognized as a public good and a human right, that educators be qualified and well-supported and that 12 years of publicly-funded quality education with at least nine years of compulsory education be a global standard.
“By making these demands, we will be one step closer to ending the cycle of poverty for children and showing them that we value their intellectual growth more than their ability to turn a profit.”
Free educational materials and further information on anti-child labour activism are available on the EI website and the CTF website.
Founded in 1920, CTF is a national alliance of Member organizations representing nearly 200,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International (@eduint) which represents 30 million educators around the world. Follow CTF on twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada.
CTF President Dianne Woloschuk and members of the CTF Board of Directors
Francine Filion, CTF Communications Director, 613-899-4247 or [email protected]