Education Week reporter Jeff Archer on the road to Bangkok, after attending the World Congress of Education International in Thailand.
Education Week reporter Jeff Archer travelled to Jomtien, Thailand, this summer to attend the World Congress of Education International, an international coalition of labor organizations representing education employees in 154 countries, including the United States. Read his dispatches from the meeting and listen to exclusive interviews with Education International delegates and officers.
- “Unions Decry Global Economy’s Education Impact,” Aug. 8, 2001. Teachers’ unions from around the world have issued a collective warning about the potential downsides of globalization, contending that the new global economy based on free trade and deregulation, if left unchecked, threatens the quality of, and access to, education in rich and poor countries alike. Includes: “Delegates Reminded of Elusiveness of Universal Schooling.”
- National Education Association President Bob Chase, a five-time attendee of Education International’s World Congresses, shares his thoughts on the commitment of teachers in developing nations.
- Ulf Fredriksson, Education International’s education coordinator, discusses what it would take to achieve universal access to basic education.
- Sheena Hanley, deputy general secretary of Education International, discusses the declaration of ethics passed by the World Congress.
- A U.S. delegate to the World Congress, teacher Tim Dedman of Kentucky, shares his reflections on the Congress.
(The audio interviews require RealAudio Player.)