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International Solidarity News

Vol. 7, No. 3, January 2012

Contents

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 HEAR A TEACHER FROM HONDURAS SPEAK IN VANCOUVER-FEBRUARY 5
Dilcia Diaz, co-ordinator of the CoDevelopment Canada- and BCTF-supported Non-Sexist Pedagogy program, will be speaking about the de facto government's “shock therapy” tactics to privatize public education; the role of international financial institutions in dismantling Honduran teachers' organizations; and the new teaching practices COPEMH is developing to promote gender equity and democracy in Honduran classrooms.
Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver.
Sunday, February 5, 2012. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free.
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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 3:30 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 agenda can be accessed from the announcement on the BCTF International Solidarity Program home page.
The workshop is free, but please register by sending an e-mail message to afield@bctf.ca or staylor@bctf.ca. We need an idea of how many people will attend, and it will allow us to send you information about free parking.
Live streaming of presentations will be available to make the event accessible for interested members outside of Metro Vancouver. Please e-mail us if you wish to access the live streaming so we can send you additional information.
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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.
If you are interested, or have any questions, please refer to the information and application form under the Peru Project heading; the application deadline is February 11, 2012.
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WORLD COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL 

February 10-12, 2012, at Langara College
Check out the great line-up for the 11th annual World Community Film Festival, which runs February 10-12 at Langara College (Canada Line stop: Langara-49th Avenue).
The opening night film, Just Do It, is a Vancouver premiere and is preceded by a talk from 5:00-7:00 p.m. by Richard Heinberg, one of world's foremost peak oil educators. The Saturday-night feature, Louder Than a Bomb, is an award-winning look at a high-school slam poetry competition. You can find the full daytime schedule here.
The World Community Film Festival is BC's largest social justice film fest. It features over 35 social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the world. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action through awareness of issues both local and global.
The festival is produced by CoDevelopment Canada and the World Community Development Education Society, and co-sponsored by Langara College.
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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.
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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