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Pan-European group of education trade unionists will celebrate World Teachers' Day in Riga

Education trade union leaders from 20 countries will gather to celebrate World Teachers' Day at the Central and Eastern European Round Table meeting to be hosted by the Latvian Education and Scientific Workers' Trade Union (LIZDA).

It will be part of the annual CEE meeting of the Pan-European Structure of Education International. The meeting will be opened by the Minister of Education and Science, Baiba Rivža, on the morning of 4 October and will continue until 6 October, beginning with a day of discussion on current challenges in vocational education and training. Participants will also address issues concerning trade union organisation and structures in the Central and Eastern European region. As well, briefing sessions will be held on developments in higher education and research, and there will be opportunities for EI member organisations to report on developments in their respective countries. Interpretation will be provided in English, Russian and German. The theme of World Teachers' Day this year focuses on the link between teachers' working conditions and students' learning conditions. Teachers of the world are united in their demands for living wages; equal pay and rights for women; safe and healthy learning environments, appropriate class sizes and adequate classroom resources; professional development opportunities; involvement in education policy-making; and collective bargaining rights. To learn more, please attend a news conference to launch World Teachers’ Day: Thursday 4 October 2007 at 10:45 a.m at The Islande Hotel, 20 Kipsalas Street, Riga LIZDA is also hosting a formal World Teachers' Day reception on the evening of 4 October at the Riga Museum of History and Maritime. Further details of the 2007 Pan European Round Table For Central and Eastern Europe are available here.

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