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Be prepared for EI’s sixth World Congress!

published 4 June 2010 updated 22 March 2011

Education International’s sixth World Congress will take place from 22–26 July, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Executive Board of EI has agreed that the main theme will be ‘Building the Future through Quality Education’.

In order to ensure that affiliates are properly equipped with all the information they will require to take a full and active part in the event, the EI secretariat has produced a dedicated website packed full of useful information. Here is an overview of some key dates that member organisations should take particular note of.

During the course of September, 2010, EI will begin the formal Congress registration process. EI member organisations will be able to log into their online Congress administration account to appoint delegates and observers using a unique login and password which will be sent to them before this date.

Once they have been appointed, Congress participants will receive personalised login and password details for their online Congress account, where they can select the sessions that they want to take part in, book hotel rooms, and print out supporting letters for visa applications.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the two EI award that are presented at each Congress: the Mary Hatwood Futrell Award for Human and Trade Union Rights and the Albert Shanker Award for Education is 1 September, 2010.

The Executive Board of EI will meet in October, 2010, to discuss the draft education policy document which has been developed on the back of those responses that were received from EI affiliates during the consultation which was launched in February, 2010. The decision about who the winners will be for both EI awards at Congress will also be made at this meeting.

By 30 November, 2010, those EI affiliate organisations that are entitled to receive financial assistance to attend Congress will need to have indicated whether they accept or reject EI’s offer. The allocation of financial assistance is different for Congress 2011, as compared to previous Congress events, because EI will identify the countries and organisations that will benefit from the scheme. A maximum of three organisations from each qualifying country will be selected, based on their pro-rata dues-paying membership. Member organisations that qualify for the scheme will be notified.

Member organisations are reminded of several other deadlines as follows: - For submission of proposed amendments to the EI Constitution or By-laws, 22 January, 2011. - For submission of draft resolutions, 22 March, 2011.

The Executive Board of EI will then convene at the end of March, 2011, to review all resolutions and outstanding Congress business.

All this information and other details about the sixth World Congress are available on our dedicated Congress website. Please visit: www.ei-ie.org/congress6

Do you still have a question regarding the Congress? If so, please email us at: [email protected] or telephone us at: +32 2 224 0611.

This article was published in Worlds of Education, Issue 34, June 2010.