ERIC Number: ED392761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Highlights from the First World Congress of Education International.
Education International, Brussels (Belgium).
The papers in this volume reflect the general theme of the congress, "Educators United, Ready for Change." A theme that emerged during the conference concerned the need to fight structural adjustment programs, imposed by the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, which were destroying the educational and social infrastructure of many countries in the developing world, as well as in Central and Eastern Europe, and imposing "solutions" which did enormous harm to public education and to the work and living standards of teachers. A number of key debates and resolutions condemned this trend and demanded that Education International (EI) develop its own alternative strategies to build economic and social policies at the national and international levels, incorporating a strong commitment to public education. Another major theme that emerged was the issue of human and trade union rights, which engendered debates on a range of issues including women's rights, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the role of education in combating Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Issues covered by other substantive motions included the status of teachers, child labor, youth training, EI s development cooperation program, and the resumption of French nuclear testing in the Pacific. The first half of the publication includes speeches by the following individuals: (1) Rangarirai K. Masarira, Zimbabwe Teachers' Unions Liaison Committee; (2) Mary Hatwood Futrell, President of EI; (3) Robert G. Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe; (4) Bill Jordan, General Secretary of the International Federation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU); (5) Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of EI; (6) Robert Harris, EI Executive Director for Intergovernmental Relations; (7) Helmut Skala, Representative of the World Conference of Teachers; (8) Hans Engelberts, General Secretary of Public Services International; (9) Coen Damen, International Labor Organization; (10) Pai Obanya, UNESCO; (11) Ruth Limerick, recipient of the EI Education Award; and (12) Khalida Messaoudi, recipient of the EI Human Rights Award. The second half of the publication presents the text of the 23 resolutions passed by the Congress. (ND)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Child Labor, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Economic Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, International Education, International Organizations, Politics of Education, Public Education, Womens Studies, Youth
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education International, Brussels (Belgium).
Identifiers: Teacher Status; Union Rights
Note: Papers presented at the World Congress of Education International (1st, Harare, Zimbabwe, July 1995).