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International Solidarity News

Vol. 7, No. 2, December 2011

Contents 

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BC TEACHERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE, GLOBALLY—AN INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2012  

You are invited to a workshop to learn about BCTF international solidarity work from colleagues who have participated in these projects.

The workshop will run from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the BCTF building, 550 West Sixth Avenue, Vancouver.

You will hear about—

  • Second language pedagogy workshops for teachers in Peru—teacher PD that helps build support for the union.
  • Training English enhancement mentors for improved English skills for teachers in Namibia.
  • The Cuba project—looking back and forward to new projects.
  • Support for teachers in Colombia whose lives are threatened—and the families of the many assassinated.
  • An international conference at the BCTF about the negative impact of neo-liberal education policies, and teacher leadership on progressive pedagogical alternatives.
  • BC teachers who have participated in Education Beyond Borders projects in Africa.
  • An opportunity to talk about issues related to international work.

The workshop is free, but please register by sending an e-mail message to afield@bctf.ca. We need an idea of how many people will attend, and it will allow us to send you information about free parking.

If members outside of Metro Vancouver would like access to the workshop, we will live-stream presentations that can be watched on your computer at home. If you are interested, please send a message so that we know it is worthwhile organizing streaming.

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RECRUITING FOR THE PERU PROJECT 

Up to eight teachers are needed for work with SUTEP, the teachers’ union that represents teachers in Peru. This will be the fourth year for the project, which runs over a three-week period in July and August.

The workshops are professional development for teachers of English and are organized through the teachers’ union. They are carried out as a partnership with Peruvian teachers and are held in five areas of the country.

At least half of the BCTF participants need to be fluent in Spanish to take the lead in dealing with logistical aspects.

Check http://www.bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=19096, under “The Peru Project”, early in January for the application form; the application deadline will be February 11, 2012.

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 RECRUITING FOR THE CUBA PROJECT 

The BCTF has carried out projects with the Cuban teachers’ union for nearly 15 years. In the past, these have primarily been pedagogical workshops for teachers of English.

The union, SNTECD, has requested a change to the project. They would like a conversational English intensive workshop for union leaders. They often are invited to participate in international meetings where much of the work is in English.

This will be a pilot project involving three BCTF facilitators. If successful, it will likely be carried out over a number of years.

The content of the workshop will focus on unions—how they operate in countries with a mixed economy—and on global labour issues. The participants will need to be knowledgeable about labour issues, as well as experienced in teaching English as an additional language. At least one of the participants will need to be fluent in Spanish.

Check http://www.bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=19096, under “The Cuba Project”, early in January for the application form; the application deadline will be January 23, 2012.

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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? It comes out about once a month. Have them send a request to be added to the list to afield@bctf.ca.

Get on the CoDevelopment Canada Partners in Solidarity newsletter list by going to their website at http://www.codev.org/codev2/.

The Vancouver CIDA office has a monthly newsletter that provides updates on international development events and activities in the region as well as opportunities. Send a request to azita.alavi@acdi-cida.gc.ca to get on the list.

 


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