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International Solidarity News

Vol. 7, No. 5, June 2012

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Contents 

Major activities during 2011–12

Activities planned for 2012–13

CoDevelopment Canada annual dinner 

Cuso International volunteer opportunity—Ethiopia

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MAJOR ACTIVITIES DURING 2012–13 

  1. Peru (SUTEP)—English language pedagogy project—July 2011 

Eight BCTF co-facilitators worked with SUTEP members who are English teachers, offering workshops for about 600 Peruvian teachers in four communities.

  1. Namibia (NANTU)—training program for English language project mentors—August–September 2011 

Four BCTF facilitators worked with about 30 NANTU in the mentor training program. About a third of the people trained as mentors have been accepted in the project as regional mentors in the program being run by the University of Namibia to enhance the level of English of Namibian teachers.

  1. Education International Latin America conference on a Latin American pedagogical movement—December 2011 

Four BCTF participants took part in the conference in Bogota. A day of meetings with participants in the BCTF/CoDevelopment Canada supported pedagogy circles. Meetings with teachers in Cordoba about the killing and disappearance of teachers led to a project to support investigators into the deaths, for the purpose of the making claims for compensation for families and the union.

  1. Workshop on international solidarity for BCTF members—February 2012 

About 60 members spent a Saturday hearing about BCTF international projects from participants in the projects. The workshop was a pilot project in webcasting an event, giving the BCTF staff useful experience in the technical issues to do this successfully.

  1. IDEA conference on “Teaching for Transformation” and AERA conference—April 2012 

An intense two-day conference was held at the BCTF building with about 25 participants from Latin America and 40 participants from the US and Canada. Latin American delegates also attended sessions at the American Educational Research Association conference.

  1. Tri-national conference in Defence of Public Education—May 2012 

The 10th Tri-national conference was held in Mexico City with about 80 participants, including 20 from Canada.

  1. International conference on Critical Pedagogy in Oaxaca, Mexico—May 2012 

Speakers who had been at the Tri-national conference participated, including Larry Kuehn, who made presentations to a conference of about 2,500 teachers on the first day of a teacher strike.

  1. IDEA co-ordinating committee and Research Network 

The IDEA Research Network met in Cuba in September 2011 and planned the research projects and the publication of Intercambio, the IDEA Network magazine. The co-ordinating committee of the IDEA Network met in Mexico City before the Tri-national conference.

Two issues of Intercambio were published.

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ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR 2012–13 

  1. Pedagogy conference—Costa Rica (SEC) 

Larry Kuehn has been invited to facilitate a session on critical perspectives on technology in first week of July.

  1. Peru (SUTEP)—English language pedagogy project—July 2012 

Eight BCTF co-facilitators worked with SUTEP members who are English teachers, offering workshops for about 600 Peruvian teachers in five communities.

  1. IDEA Indigenous Teachers’ Network—November 2012 

The third IDEA Indigenous Teachers’ Network seminar is scheduled for three days in Guatemala in November. The suggestion is that three BCTF Aboriginal members participate in the seminar.

  1. IDEA/Tri-national Coalition Technology in Education seminar—Spring 2013 

Time and place and participants are to be determined.

  1. IDEA Research Network meeting—date to be determined 

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CODEVELOPMENT CANADA ANNUAL DINNER 

Every year CoDevelopment Canada has a dinner and fundraising event. You are invited to participate on Saturday, June 9. See the link for details regarding tickets and location: http://www.codev.org/2012/04/join-us-for-codevs-annual-dinner/  

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CUSO INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES—ETHIOPIA 

There are volunteer opportunities available in English Language Improvement projects in Ethiopia that may be of interest to members who have participated in the BCTF International Solidarity Program’s English-language pedagogy projects in Cuba and Peru. See http://volunteerplacementsoverseas.org/english/volunteeropenings.asp under the “Education” heading for more information.

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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. To subscribe, send an e-mail request to InternationalSolidarity@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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