Investing in the future of Quality Education PDF Print E-mail
The Unite for Quality Education Campaign’s global culmination tour will land in Brussels, Belgium on 22 September, bringing with it hundreds of European education unionists to tackle the challenges of decreasing investment in education and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.
Created: 22 Sept 2014
Leaders from education, the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament (EP) and government representatives will put the need for investment in education and the TTIP and its threat to quality education under the spotlight on 22 September, from 14:30 to 17:30 at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Room VM3 - Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.
The event is hosted by the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the European region of Education International (EI). As a global union federation, EI represents 30 million teachers and education personnel from 400 organisations in 170 countries.
“Given the risks posed to education and other public services in the TTIP, ETUCE demands that public education in particular, and public services in general be excluded entirely from the negotiations,” said ETUCE Director Martin Rømer. “Education is simply too important to be subjected to the narrow commercial rules of trade agreements.”
This high-level public hearing features key stakeholders in education in Europe who are going to share their views on quality education, covering amongst other topics the impact for public education entailed in the TTIP and the threat posed by decreasing investment in education in Europe.
Notable speakers include the Director General for Education and Culture at the EC, Xavier Prats Monné, who details the EC’s vision about the future of Quality Education; and Marcello Limina Chair of the Education Committee of the EU Council of Minister, explaining the Italian Presidency’s plan for enhancing investments in education.
Members of the EP from diverse political groups are going to join participants for roundtable talks focused on education investment and challenges facing quality education. Marco Düerkop, TTIP Services lead negotiator at the EC, and Mirja Becker, First Secretary responsible for Trade issues at the German Permanent Representation to the EU will join talks on the threat to Quality Education posed by TTIP. 
After stops in Australia, India, South Africa, Belgium, and Argentina, on 25 September, the Unite Campaign finishes in New York City where leaders of EI deliver messages from the world educators to the United Nations. 
“We began our Unite for Quality Education campaign nearly 18 months ago, accompanied by an unprecedented mobilisation of our affiliates around the world,” said EI President Susan Hopgood, who opens the Brussels event. The year-long campaign focused squarely on three pillars of quality education: quality teachers and teaching, quality teaching and learning tools and resources, and quality environments for teaching and learning. 
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Media contact:
Claude Carroué, EI Communications Unit, via tel. : +32 473 53 34 09 or by 
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Paola Cammilli, ETUCE Programme Officer, via tel. :+32 2 224 06 67 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  




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