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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 4, January/February 2006

BC teachers making a difference, globally

Many teachers are engaged in projects that reach well beyond their classroom, with a global focus.

Every winter and summer holiday, a group of BC teachers goes to Cuba to offer workshops on teaching English. The BCTF International Solidarity Program supports projects that encourage female teachers in Central America to take leadership positions in their unions. The BCTF works with other teacher unions on issues related to globalization and trade agreements.

Individual teachers sponsor projects to take students to less developed countries to work on development projects. Many secondary schools have global justice clubs that help students engage with social justice ideas and projects.

Every summer several BC teachers take part in Project Overseas, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation program that offers extensive professional development workshops for teachers in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

If any of these interest you, consider attending the "BC Teachers Making a Difference, Globally" workshop on Saturday, February 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the BCTF building in Vancouver.

The program will tell you about BCTF international solidarity projects and the global education resources and workshops that have been developed by BC teachers, as well as share ideas on how to bring internationalism into your own classroom.

There is no cost for the workshop, but please pre-register. For further information or to register, contact Larry Kuehn, lkuehn@bctf.ca or Anne Field, afield@bctf.ca.

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