Ottawa 21‚Äď26 July, 2015
Education International‚Äôs 7th World Congress, which is held every four years, is the supreme governing body of the organisation. The next Congress will be held in Ottawa, Canada, in the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) from July 21st to July 26th, 2015.
The Congress provides an opportunity for representatives of EI affiliates from all over the globe to meet and decide on the policies and strategies which the organisation will implement for the following four year period. It helps to strengthen the bonds of solidarity between their members ‚ÄĒ teachers and education workers from across the world. Delegates consider the major contemporary issues affecting their organisations, the international teacher trade union movement, the trade union movement generally, and the on-going struggle to achieve quality public education for all.
Caucuses and Network Meetings
Sunday,¬†19 July to Tuesday,¬†21 July 2015
Official Opening of Congress
Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 5:00pm
Wednesday, 21 July 2015 to¬†Saturday, 25 July 2015
Sunday, 26 July 2015 at 1:00pm
A highlight of every World Congress is the presentation of the EI Awards, when Education International honours outstanding individuals.
The Albert Shanker Education Award is given to a teacher or education employee in recognition of his or her personal contribution to education. This year it will go out to Ms. Luisa Bautista-Yu, a Filipino teacher with a long-time engagement for education. At EI‚Äôs 7th World Congress, Ms. Yu will be honored for a successful career marked by her engagement for the development of education in the Philippines. She has been involved in the education sector for decades, starting as a primary teacher and attaining the position of regional coordinator of Eastern Vinyasas, which she currently holds. Her engagement and courage were decisive during the recovery mission after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, devastating infrastructures and leaving thousands of children out of school.
This year‚Äôs Mary Hatwood Futrell Human and Trade Union Rights Award will be granted to¬†Mr. SalihAl-shiblawi Ahmed Jassim Salih, National President of the technical sector of the Iraqi Teachers Union (ITU). Mr. Salih has shown immense courage and determination in the promotion of human and trade union rights in his country. Despite constant threats and attacks on himself, his family and co-workers, he continues to lead the union with skill, expertise and bravery.is given to a national or local union leader or activist who has undertaken courageous and exemplary action to defend and promote human and trade union rights.
Awardees are nominated by EI member organisations in the year prior to the Congress and the recipients are selected by the Executive Board at a meeting prior to Congress.