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International Solidarity News

Vol. 8, No. 1, May 2013

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BCTF INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY IN THE NEWS-THE TEACHER NEWSMAGAZINE, THAT IS

Speaking of being a teacher and wanting to contribute to positive change in society, El Salvadorean union activist Maria Eugenia Morelos de Ária says: “The only answer is to dare to try to make a difference”.

Several articles in the May/June issue of the Teacher newsmagazine (online only, at http://www.bctf.ca/TeacherNewsmagMay2013/), provide moving examples of teachers doing just this, and the BCTF's International Solidarity Program is proud to be a part of it.

BCTF solidarity supports teacher colleagues in South Africa

Did you know that the BCTF supported the organizing work of the first non-racial teachers' union in South Africa in the early 1990s? This support is remembered and appreciated by South Africa's High Commissioner to Canada-who was the new union's president at the time. Read more about the BCTF-SADTU connection here: http://www.bctf.ca/publications/NewsmagArticle.aspx?id=30160

Central American teachers tackle “machismo”

As a result of teacher professional development in a locally-developed Non-sexist and Inclusive Pedagogy Program, El Salvadorean students are learning a new way of seeing gender roles. And in spite of the other severe challenges Honduran teachers face (see next article), they are also pursuing gender-equity work. These articles describe some of the hopes and struggles of these Central American teachers: http://www.bctf.ca/publications/NewsmagArticle.aspx?id=30161

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Honduran teachers struggle to defend human and labour rights

http://www.bctf.ca/publications/NewsmagArticle.aspx?id=30165

To Peru, in solidarity

Ever wondered what it would be like to set up a local union office… in Peru? Probably not-but Terrace teacher Karen Andrews, a former local president and Peru Project participant, has seen it for herself: http://www.bctf.ca/publications/NewsmagArticle.aspx?id=30178 .

Her article concludes,

That night, many thanks were given to the BCTF for supporting their local through the offering of professional development for its membership. It was also that night that I truly understood the importance of the BCTF's international solidarity program. It offers not only professional development, but also connection and moral support to teachers who are defending public education and workers' rights against daunting odds. That night, we raised our glasses in solidarity.

To see the photographs accompanying these articles, access the full-page view, at http://www.bctf.ca/TeacherNewsmagMay2013/ (select “Expand”).

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COMMITTEE POSITION OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Have you considered getting involved with the BCTF International Solidarity Program as a committee member? Open the pdf document “Posting 16-Committee vacancies for 2013-14”, accessible on the BCTF website at http://www.bctf.ca/opportunities/BCTFCommittees.aspx, for details about the opening for a three-year term, which is listed as “W.R. Long International Solidarity Fund” (scroll to page 3). Note: Friday, May 31, is the application deadline. The curriculum vitae form is available on the same “BCTF committee/facilitator postings” page; be sure to advise and confirm receipt of your faxed or e-mailed application with Mary McClure at the BCTF office (604-871-1878), as directed in the instructions in the postings document.

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QUOTABLE QUOTES

In February we invited globaled list subscribers to send us your reflections on personal involvement in international solidarity work. We incorporated much of what we received into a presentation for the lobby display during the BCTF AGM in March. This presentation is now online, and you can check it out at http://bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=6292, linked on the text “Partners and participants comment on BCTF international solidarity”.

Additional contributions to expand this presentation are welcome. Contact Anne Field, afield@bctf.ca if you have a submission or questions.

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CODEVELOPMENT CANADA'S ANNUAL DINNER

Here's an invitation to support and celebrate CoDevelopment Canada, BCTF's project partner in Latin America.

CoDevelopment Canada invites you to join them on Saturday, June 1st (doors at 5:30pm) for CoDev's annual fundraising dinner at the (NOTE Location Change) Fraserview Hall (8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver). Come celebrate 28 years of building partnerships between like-minded organizations, in Canada and Latin America, to empower women, foster Canadian-Latin American partnerships, and strengthen civil society.

It will be an evening of great food, good friends, fantastic entertainment, and our popular silent and dessert auctions!

For more information, go to: http://www.codev.org/2013/04/tickets-on-sale-for-2013-solidarity-fundraising-dinner/  

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INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY E-MAIL LISTS

Know anyone who might be interested in receiving the BCTF's International Solidarity News in their e-mail? Have them send a request to be added to the list to afield@bctf.ca.

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