Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

October 04, 2005 12:22 ET


ETFO Celebrates World Teacher Day. Promoting quality education for all children. Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2005) - On World Teachers' Day 2005 Ontario public elementary school teachers are promoting quality education for all children, particularly those in areas affected by war and natural disasters.

"School is an important part of children's lives. It provides them with a safe environment where they are cared for and taught by skilled and caring professionals," said Emily Noble, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

"One of the first concerns for children and parents displaced by war, the tsunami and hurricanes is to have schools open again so that schooling can resume," Noble said.

She pointed out that in the past year ETFO members, through their provincial organization, have made substantial contributions to organizations helping tsunami victims and to teachers and students affected by hurricane Katrina.

Federation members also contribute to improving the lives and learning opportunities of children around the world through the ETFO Humanity Fund, by participating in Project Overseas to provide professional assistance to teachers in developing countries, and by making direct contributions to organizations here and abroad.

"As teachers, we take pride in our profession and our role in children's lives. As a federation, we work to improve learning conditions for our students and to ensure high quality professional development for all educators," Noble said.

World Teachers' Day was first proclaimed in 1994 by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Education International (EI), and celebrates the important contributions teachers make to society, worldwide.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside of Quebec.

Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org