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TEACHER UNIONS UNITE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION


South Africa’s major education unions SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU are joining millions of teachers, learners, education leaders and education employees around the globe to celebrate the culmination of the Unite for Quality Education Campaign which has run for a year.

Education International (EI) – a global teacher and education employees’ union federation, with a membership of 30 million teachers world-wide is spearheading the Campaign.

The Campaign was launched in New York and Paris in 2013.Six cities on six continents across the world have been chosen to host the culminating activities this year.
Pretoria in South Africa is one of the six cities chosen to host the event. Other cities include Sydney, Australia; New Delhi, India; Brussels, Belgium; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and New York, USA. Additional events are also being planned in other cities around the world.
South Africa will host a Unite for Quality Education march in Pretoria that will involve members and leaders from the three unions, together with learners and the general public.
Marchers will assemble at Prince’s Park in central Pretoria at 9am on Saturday, 20 September 2014, before moving to Frances Baard Street and then along Sophie De Bryn Street to Ditsong National Museum for Cultural History in Visagie Street, where the event will be formally addressed by the Ministers of Basic Education– Angie Motshekga and Minister of Higher Education and Training - Blade Nzimande, the Presidents from the three unions (SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU) and the EI General Secretary.
The President of EI, Susan Hopgood has kicked-off the culmination tour to celebrate the conclusion of the year-long Campaign in Sydney, while EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen will be in South Africa to celebrate with the South African marchers on Saturday, 20 September in Pretoria.
The Unite for Quality Education Campaign is built upon three pillars: quality teachers, quality tools and quality environments. EI’s vision for the campaign remains clear: To raise awareness among governments, non-governmental and international organisations, financial institutions, community leaders and the general public.
By the time the Campaign arrives in New York for the 69thsession of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September 2014, the EI and all its affiliated unions will have promoted not only the message of the Campaign but will also reflect the commitment of millions of teachers worldwide. To support that commitment, EI will take classroom teachers from various countries and backgrounds to New York to let UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon know the reality of education on the ground, and of its importance to the future global agenda.

The Six cities, Six continents -Unite for Quality Education Campaign countdown is as follows:

- September 13th 2014 –Sydney, Australia
- September 18th& 19th – New Delhi, India
- September 20th - Pretoria, South Africa
- September 22nd- Brussels, Belgium
- September 23rd – Buenos Aires, Argentina
- September 24th& 25th – New York, USA

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For further information contact:
Nomusa Cembi– SADTU Media Officer    082 719 5157
Basil Manuel– President,NAPTOSA    079 508 6228
Ted Townsend - SAOU Media Officer      076 401 0342