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  • John Frazer
    Depending on your view point, ths is either another part of the global socialist conspiracy to undermine our freedom of choice, or part of what we discussed
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 29, 2001
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      Depending on your view point, ths is either another part of the
      global socialist conspiracy to undermine our freedom of choice, or
      part of what we discussed earlier, about global assured standard of
      living.
      Yeah, I know, Republicans & Libertarians hate government involvement
      in our schools, but exactly how does making all schooling profit-based
      help everybody?

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Teachers' congress urges universal access to education

      JOMTIEN, Thailand, July 29 (AFP) - A global teachers'
      congress concluded here Sunday with a plea for "public
      education for all" and a firm rejection of moves to
      commercialise education services.

      Education International (EI), a confederation of some
      300 unions and organisations representing almost 25
      million teachers from 155 countries, met over five days
      at this seaside resort southeast of Bangkok.

      The 1,300 delegates condemned the trend towards
      commercialisation and privatisation in education
      systems, and discussed the impact of globalisation and
      the advent of information technology on teachers.

      "We do not want our schools to be open to the market,
      we want them to be open to all children," said EI
      secretary-general Fred van Leeuwen, adding that
      pressures to allow the market to enter education were
      increasing.

      "Will global market forces conquer the classrooms," he
      asked at the opening of the conference. "Will our
      governments make efforts and will they be strong
      enough to regulate the market."

      In its final resolution, EI called for the establishment of
      "public education for all" by 2015, which it said should
      extend to every child on the planet, as well as to adult
      literacy.

      According to the organisation, some 115 million of the
      world's children aged between six and 12 are not in
      school, and there are some 882 million illiterate adults,
      of whom almost 65 percent are women.

      In its closing statements, the EI also made a stand
      against a landmark 1994 World Trade Organisation
      (WTO) agreement which formally declared education to
      be a tradeable commodity.

      "We oppose in principle the commodification of
      education and research services by the WTO and GATS
      (General Agreement on Trade in Services)," said a
      resolution submitted by the National Tertiary Education
      Union of Australia.

      Rob Crozier, executive director of the Association of
      University Staff of New Zealand which supported the
      resolution, said governments had a responsibility to fund
      education services.

      "We must move away from the free market, increase
      government funding and reduce the intense competition
      between universities," he told AFP.

      EI said Australia and New Zealand are regarded as
      "experimental labs" for the liberalisation of education.

      "New Zealand is an interesting example of what
      happened to universities because of business-oriented
      rules," said Crozier.

      Educational institutions there froze their fees in 2001 in
      return for a very small increase in public funding.

      "All New Zealand universities are now experiencing
      funding crises of some magnitude," said Crozier. "A
      number of institutions are close to financial collapse."

      On Saturday, the congress also adopted a resolution
      condemning textbooks which have been accused of
      whitewashing the true history of Japanese military
      aggression in Asia before and during World War II.

      The devastating affect that the HIV-AIDS pandemic has
      had on the teaching profession, particularly in Africa,
      was also explored during the conference.

      The next EI congress is to be held in July 2004 in South
      America, probably in Argentina, organisers said.
    • Tom Tekle
      can I join this courses.But I m from Eritrea who is now in Kenya. Tom ... From: John Frazer [mailto:johnf4303@hotmail.com] Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2001 3:39 PM
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 19 10:15 PM
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        can I join this courses.But I'm from Eritrea who is now in Kenya.
        Tom
        -----Original Message-----
        From: John Frazer [mailto:johnf4303@...]
        Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2001 3:39 PM
        To: WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [WorldCitizen] universal access to education


        Depending on your view point, ths is either another part of the
        global socialist conspiracy to undermine our freedom of choice, or
        part of what we discussed earlier, about global assured standard of
        living.
        Yeah, I know, Republicans & Libertarians hate government involvement
        in our schools, but exactly how does making all schooling profit-based
        help everybody?

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

        Teachers' congress urges universal access to education

        JOMTIEN, Thailand, July 29 (AFP) - A global teachers'
        congress concluded here Sunday with a plea for "public
        education for all" and a firm rejection of moves to
        commercialise education services.

        Education International (EI), a confederation of some
        300 unions and organisations representing almost 25
        million teachers from 155 countries, met over five days
        at this seaside resort southeast of Bangkok.

        The 1,300 delegates condemned the trend towards
        commercialisation and privatisation in education
        systems, and discussed the impact of globalisation and
        the advent of information technology on teachers.

        "We do not want our schools to be open to the market,
        we want them to be open to all children," said EI
        secretary-general Fred van Leeuwen, adding that
        pressures to allow the market to enter education were
        increasing.

        "Will global market forces conquer the classrooms," he
        asked at the opening of the conference. "Will our
        governments make efforts and will they be strong
        enough to regulate the market."

        In its final resolution, EI called for the establishment of
        "public education for all" by 2015, which it said should
        extend to every child on the planet, as well as to adult
        literacy.

        According to the organisation, some 115 million of the
        world's children aged between six and 12 are not in
        school, and there are some 882 million illiterate adults,
        of whom almost 65 percent are women.

        In its closing statements, the EI also made a stand
        against a landmark 1994 World Trade Organisation
        (WTO) agreement which formally declared education to
        be a tradeable commodity.

        "We oppose in principle the commodification of
        education and research services by the WTO and GATS
        (General Agreement on Trade in Services)," said a
        resolution submitted by the National Tertiary Education
        Union of Australia.

        Rob Crozier, executive director of the Association of
        University Staff of New Zealand which supported the
        resolution, said governments had a responsibility to fund
        education services.

        "We must move away from the free market, increase
        government funding and reduce the intense competition
        between universities," he told AFP.

        EI said Australia and New Zealand are regarded as
        "experimental labs" for the liberalisation of education.

        "New Zealand is an interesting example of what
        happened to universities because of business-oriented
        rules," said Crozier.

        Educational institutions there froze their fees in 2001 in
        return for a very small increase in public funding.

        "All New Zealand universities are now experiencing
        funding crises of some magnitude," said Crozier. "A
        number of institutions are close to financial collapse."

        On Saturday, the congress also adopted a resolution
        condemning textbooks which have been accused of
        whitewashing the true history of Japanese military
        aggression in Asia before and during World War II.

        The devastating affect that the HIV-AIDS pandemic has
        had on the teaching profession, particularly in Africa,
        was also explored during the conference.

        The next EI congress is to be held in July 2004 in South
        America, probably in Argentina, organisers said.




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      • anila khan
        ANY FURTHER CORRESPONDANCE MAY ONLY BE DONE ON MY MAILING ADDRESS AS BELOW: P.O.BOX 1042,KAYMAKLI, LEFKOSA,NORTH CYPRUS. AWAITING.
        Message 3 of 3 , Feb 17, 2002
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          ANY FURTHER CORRESPONDANCE MAY ONLY BE DONE ON MY
          MAILING ADDRESS AS BELOW:

          P.O.BOX 1042,KAYMAKLI,
          LEFKOSA,NORTH CYPRUS.

          AWAITING.


          --- John Frazer <johnf4303@...> wrote:
          > Depending on your view point, ths is either another
          > part of the
          > global socialist conspiracy to undermine our freedom
          > of choice, or
          > part of what we discussed earlier, about global
          > assured standard of
          > living.
          > Yeah, I know, Republicans & Libertarians hate
          > government involvement
          > in our schools, but exactly how does making all
          > schooling profit-based
          > help everybody?
          >
          > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          >
          > Teachers' congress urges universal access to
          > education
          >
          > JOMTIEN, Thailand, July 29 (AFP) - A
          > global teachers'
          > congress concluded here Sunday with a plea
          > for "public
          > education for all" and a firm rejection of
          > moves to
          > commercialise education services.
          >
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