Debate on “Framing Education for the Public Good”, is coming on the 29-30th January 2013 in London!

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    Norman Ntai

       Educator Unionists from OECD countries to debate “Framing Education for the Public Good”

    Education International, 24 January 2013


    Education International [EI] is organizing a Conference of Affiliates in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD] member countries.

    The purpose of the conference is to give affiliates the opportunity to meet on a informal basis to consider key issues affecting education and teacher union organizations in OECD countries.

    Under the Theme “Framing Education for the Public Good”, the conference will be organized around a series of plenary, panels and break-out sessions designed to enable representatives to have the best possible opportunities for discussion.

    Key speakers will, include, for the OECD, Andreas Schleicher, OECD Deputy Director, DG-Education and Michael Davidson, Acting Head of the OECD’s Early Childhood and Schools Division.

    Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Randi Weingarden, Chair of the EI/OECD Advisory Committee, and Professor Fernando Reimers, Director of the International Education Policy program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be among EI’s speakers.

    The second day will enable EL Affiliates to discuss EI priorities.

    Planned foci include:

    • “Challenges and Opportunities facing Education in OECD countries”,
    • The Financial Crisis”,
    • “Privatisation”,
    • “The future of the Teaching Profession”,
    • “Adult Skills and Higher Education”,
    • “Supporting Disadvantaged Students, and
    • “Evaluation and Assessment”


    The Conference will take place from 29th-30th January 2013 at the TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

    ‘This important conference will provide a vital opportunity for EI Affiliates to explore policy developments and common issues at a time of great political and economic turbulence globally’, said EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen

    The outcomes of the conference will be available through interviews with speakers.

    For more information about the conference, or interviews key EI speakers, contact Ms. Claude Carroue, EI Communications Unit, via email, or tel: +32 2 224 06 75 [landline] or tel : +33 1 45 24 97 00

    To contact OECD speakers, get in touch with the OECD media division, via email: Or tel: +33 1 45 24 97 00

    NB: Educational International is the largest global teacher organization representing over 30 million teachers in more than 170 countries and territories.


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  • Chris Reay

    The Engineering Council and all the Voluntary Engineering Associations (VAs) are now assembling a strategic initiative to undertake the training of Candidate Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and Certificated Engineers. ECSA is having the professional designations registered with SAQA. We are addressing the structures that we think will link the complexities of SAQA, the QCTO, the service providers (employers via a Commitment and Undertaking), the material developers (the VAs), and the standards QA party (ECSA). The objective is to establish a complete mechanism that will enable the employers to access SETA funds at NQF 7 level via the WSP submissions based on this programme and have access to a pre-designed and compliant curriculum and trainers and mentors to define and implement the training process. The essense of this model’s success will be effectively managing the process within the profession and having as little oficialdom as possible but as much as is necessary in the structure. It is evident that the total involvement of the profession via the statutory body (the ECSA) and the private bodies (the VAs) is the only way to go, and where we realise and know that no part of officialdom has the competencies, skills and experience to pass judgement on the standards required for engineering training. In effect we have to use peer group review and accreditation processes to further the role of engineering training and skills development and get the QCTO to rely on and believe in this. We are hoping this will work out, but we do not underestimate the endemic ability of officialdom to mess with this and provide the sort of frustration expressed in the contributors to this topic here. The message is: assemble those with the skills, knowledge and drive into a cohesive group with critical mass, and steamroller your case. The small providers will never win with the bureacracy that is loaded against them. I guess it is like any successful movement: it needs mass and momentum, and in the case of SA at the moment, a fair dose of faith and energy to believe we can win in a country where the damage to proven methods of education and skills development has been catastrophic.

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