For millennia, it is women who have kept the fires
burning in their homes and in their communities. It is women who have tended
the hearth and created those special places of warmth and light at the center
of our lives. As I reflect about the
intersections between this reality in the lives of women and the role of
Education International, certain images come to mind.
Teachers are deeply concerned for the welfare of
hungry, abused, neglected children; ethnic or socio-economic outsiders or
intellectually, physically or mentally challenged individuals who seem to have
little future in our society. To teachers public education is about helping all students.
As a global citizenry, we’ve been through two World
Wars, a number of genocides, civil wars, riots, freedom marches,
demonstrations, uprisings, coups, and countless other events, all of which have
served to reinforce the accessibility of human rights for every human being on
Teachers’ work has become more intensive and
complex over time. As a result,
work-related stress experienced by teachers can contribute to a sense of
imbalance between their home and work life.The findings of the CTF’s online survey to which over 8,000 teachers
responded reveal a dramatic picture.
Students who have the opportunity to build their
linguistic and cultural confidence through healthy interpersonal relationships
in the classroom will be able to better explore the unlimited possibilities
that the Francophonie has to offer.
According to Education International and the United Nations Girls Education Initiative, “gender-based violence is a fundamental violation of human rights. It is one of the worst manifestations of gender-based discrimination, disproportionately affecting girls and women, and a major obstacle to achieving gender equality.”
The 2014 CTF Women’s Issues Symposium from the eyes of participant Sherri Rose, Chair of the Equity Issues Committee of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.
Advocacy at CTF means to express the views of teachers
and advocate on issues of importance to educators. The citizenry of Canada is
manifesting a growing frustration with the current political environment.