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EI leaders give directions for education unions in times of crisis

published 18 October 2012 updated 18 October 2012

EI is holding its 40th Executive Board (ExBo) meeting in Brussels, Belgium, from16-18 October. Global education union leaders will discuss about the impact of the economic crisis on education.

ExBo members resigning, new ones will be nominated. Members leaving are: Teopista Birungi Mayanja from the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), Haldis Holst from the Union of Education Norway (UEN),  Yuzuru Nakamura from the Japan Teachers' Union (JTU) and Patrick Gonthier from the French UNSA-Education. EI thanks them warmly for their active involvement to improve education quality worldwide, and wishes them all the best in the future.

James Twehayo from UNATU, Ragnhild Lied from UEN, Ryosuke Kato from JTU and Laurent Escure from UNSA-Education have been nominated to replace them.

ExBo members will also advance on preparations for the Seventh EI World Congress to be held in July 2015 in Ottawa, Canada.

The 2011 EI Annual Report will be presented, as well as the 2012 progress report, including the report on implementation of policy and action proposals adopted by Congress, the Education in Crisis campaign, the EI partnership with the Global Campaign for Education and the Global Partnership for Education, the Report on International Higher Education and Research Conference and the Report on human and trade union rights developments.

Global education leaders will also debate the World Day of Action in favour of public education to be organised on 5 October 2013, World Teachers’ Day.

OECD issues will also be tackled with the Report on Second International Summit on the Teaching Profession, and preparations for the Third International Summit on the Teaching Profession and the Conference of affiliates in OECD countries to be held in London, United Kingdom, in January 2013.

The education unions’ participation in the next UN Commission on the Status of Women, the implementation of the EI Gender Equality Action Plan and the Second EI World Women’s Conference are among equality issues to be debated at the 40th EI ExBo meeting.

Further reports from EI regional governing bodies and EI Committees – the Status of Women Committee and the Constitution and By-Laws Committee – will be presented to participants.

After their meeting, ExBo members will participate in the EI Seminar on the impact of the economic and financial crisis on education to be held on 18-19 October, also in Brussels, Belgium.