Rights of teachers, researchers and other education personnel

Concer No. 11: Rights of teachers, researchers and other education personnel and the struggle against ideas and research directed against the people

We, the ILPS Workshop on the Rights of Teachers, Researchers and Other Education Personnel and the struggle Against Ideas and Research Directed Against the People, reiterate the analysis put forward by the First International Assembly in 2001 that:

Imperialist globalization has had a devastating impact on education all over the world. Drastic cuts in public spending for education have become the norm. Teachers, researchers, and other education personnel suffer deteriorating standards of living as salaries fail to keep up with rising costs. Large numbers are being laid off as governments close down schools and universities deemed inefficient. As education becomes the flashpoint for popular struggles, schools and universities are increasingly subjected to state repression.

Imperialist control of education is a key element in imperialist domination of culture as a whole. The U.S. imperialism, in particular, makes full use of the means at its disposal–chiefly its huge monopolies in mass media– to shape world public opinion according to its interests. The liberalization of markets worldwide entails the promotion of lifestyles of overconsumption.

Throughout the world today, education workers respond to imperialist globalization through solidarity and struggle to defend their rights and welfare and the people’s right to education.

We likewise reiterate the statement made in the Second International Assembly in 2004 that:

While education is often used to promote dominant/imperialist interests, it also enhances the particular role that teachers/educators play to change society as part of organized mass action.

Education is a key component to national liberation movements through which we can organize and mobilize our societies.
We hereby reaffirm our commitment to:

  1. Fight for the basic rights as workers in education, which include full salaries and benefits, security of tenure, the right to professional growth, and academic freedom.
  2. Organize teachers, researchers and other education personnel and launch popular campaigns and struggles against imperialist policies, particularly those that pertain to education.
  3. Demand an increase in public spending for education in particular and for social services in general most often sacrificed in favor of debt servicing and military spending as well as other means of state violence and repression.
  4. Establish and strengthen solidarity ties among the many education workers’ organizations worldwide based on a common anti-imperialist stand.
  5. Encourage and support critical thinking and anti-imperialist activism among our students at all levels.
  6. Undertake simultaneous activities on October 5, World Teachers Day and ensure the participation of teachers, researchers, and other education personnel in anti-imperialist activities in our respective countries on May Day and March 8, International Women’s Day.

Acknowledging the inability to realize plans made in the past two assemblies, we reconstitute the ILPS Working Group on Teachers, Researchers, and other Education Personnel to take the lead in undertaking the following:

  1. Organize an anti-imperialist international conference of teachers, researchers and other education personnel to be held in July 2009
  2. Publish an on-line anti-imperialist journal for academics and other education workers
  3. Set up an international organization of anti-imperialist teachers, researchers and education personnel

We call on member organizations of the ILPS to help in the setting up of the Commission on this concern by recommending anti-imperialist individuals and organizations in the education sector to join the ILPS and be part of the Commission.

Submitted by:
Matyline Camfili, Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera-Cordillera People’s Alliance-Philippines, dkkphilippines@hotmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Lisa Marie Clemente, Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines, lisamarie216@hotmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Aziz Choudry, GATT WATCHDOG (Canada), aziz.choudry@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Bruce Cornwell, Australian Independence Movement, cornbee@nlc.net.auThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jossel I. Ebesate, Alliance of Health Workers-Philippines, jiebesate@yahoo.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Hsiao-Chuan Hsia, Trans Asia Sisters Association-Taiwan, hsiaochuan.hsia@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Gabriela-USA; Critical Filipino/Filipina Studies Collective, robynmrodriguez@optonline.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Judy M. Taguiwalo, Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines, judytmt2002@yahoo.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Antonio L. Tinio, Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines, act_philippines@yahoo.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , tonchitinio@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sarwat Viqar, John Abbott College, Montreal Canada, sarwat.viqar@johnabbott.qc.ca

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