The International Labour Conference (ILC) Committee on the Application of Standards unanimously adopted the Report of the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART) at its session of 1 June 2007.
The Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART) held its ninth meeting from 30 October to 3 November 2006. The committee of independent experts meets three-yearly to examine the means and procedures for implementing the two Recommendations on the status of teachers. The report, which contains a series of recommendations to all the stakeholders, was put up to be finally adopted by the ILC before being laid before the UNESCO General Conference this coming October.
Speaking for Education International, Monique Fouilhoux said that the two Recommendations “are crucial building blocks for the tens of millions of women and men teachers across the world, and that tie into the fundamental principles laid down in the ILO Conventions”. She also stressed the importance “of having highly qualified teachers who are trained to give the best preparation for future generations, future workers of course, but also the future informed and enlightened citizens who will be the guarantors of a democratic society”.
The report recommends that all parties concerned should see that the relevant provisions of the Recommendations are promoted, implemented and observed. Noting in particular that the 1997 Recommendation is not well known or even totally unknown, it recommends “as a matter of urgency” that UNESCO in cooperation with the ILO should “take steps to better promulgate the contents of the 1997 Recommendation to governments, university governing bodies and staff organizations involved in higher education, as well as to regional bodies (such as, for example, the Association of African Universities)”.
EI called on governments, employers and agencies to shoulder their responsibilities.
For the full CEART Report, EI address, and EI Report to CEART, click on the links below.