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Campaign events reach Latin America

published 21 September 2014 updated 1 October 2014

Just in time for the beginning of spring in the Southern hemisphere, the campaign tour has reached the west side of the Atlantic Ocean. After a regional women's conference in Brazil, it's time for Buenos Aires.

Teachers’ unions of Latin America are preparing for the culmination event that will gather hundreds in Buenos Aires demanding quality education.The national education unions CTERA, CEA and CONADU are finalising the details for two major events that will showcast the engagement of Latin American teachers for quality education. The first one will take place inside and around Congress, where the unions will push for a rise in the education Budget to 8% from the current 6%.

During the second half of the day, teachers will be joined by over 700 guests during an event at the historic cinema Gaumont in downtown Buenos Aires, where the keynote address will be held by well-known social scientist Emir Sader, alongside inputs from national and international guests, including Education International’s General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen.

Brazil: regional women’s conference

Last week, the regional office of EI in Latin America organised a conference with female education workers ( Red de Trabajadoras de la Educación) in Recife, Brazil as part of the culmination week's events. It focused on the promotion of an alternative pedagogy and on the need for a stronger union between Latin American unions. Power, public policies and gender equity in education were also on the agenda. Fatima da Silva, president of the Brazilian CNTE, stated in the opening speech that taking into account and relying on the “day-to-day pedagogy of those who make the public school happen in the continent” was urgently needed.

Getting ready for World Teachers' Day

Quality education will also be a focus point during World Teachers’ Day, 5th October, when teachers around the globe will be celebrated in classrooms, villages, and cities for their tireless dedication to the profession.

To make October 5th a day to remember, EI is calling on all members and colleagues to take part by having their voices heard to ensure world leaders know how important a quality teacher is in helping students reach their full potential.

Beginning at 12:00 noon, EI is asking everyone to ‘Push the Button’ by emailing, texting, or tweeting your messages of support for quality education directly to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Click here for more information.