World Confederation of Teachers (WCT)

Confédération syndicale mondiale de l'enseignement (CSME)
Confederación Sindical Mundial de la Enseñanza (CSME)
Weltverband der Lehrer (WVL)
Wereldvakbond van Onderwijspersoneel (WVOP)

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1963-10-22 Geneva Switzerland


22 Oct 1963, Geneva (Switzerland), as International Trade Union Council of Teachers -- Conseil international des enseignants (CIE), within the framework of C-XC2035 - International Federation of Employees in Public Services (INFEDOP). Most recent name adopted 1 Jan 1970; became totally independent from INFEDOP, 1974, although maintaining close ties with it. Has also been referred to as Confédération syndicale mondiale des enseignants -- Wereldvakverbond van Onderwijzend Personeel. Most recent statutes adopted, 1-6 Aug 1994, Dakar (Senegal). Dissolved and integrated in B-XB1111 - Education International (EI), Mar 2007.


Gain recognition and effective application in economic, social and cultural life of the principles defined in the WCL Declaration, underlining the integral development of the human being within the human community and the awareness of freedom, dignity, justice and universal brotherhood, with a view to instituting a society based on these principles; in particular encourage and develop international cooperation among teachers' trade unions, especially through UNESCO and ILO; contribute to establishment, consolidation and development at national, regional and world level of organizations which protect teachers' interests; promote respect for trade union freedom and guarantee this right to all workers in education worldwide; provide moral and material support to members and promote cooperation among them; study and formulate proposals for improving the general and legal status of teachers; organize/support activities aimed at securing full respect for teaching staff and improvement of their living conditions; document and study educational problems arising at regional or international level; work continually to improve the quality of education and its democratization.


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World Congress (every 4 years). Confederal Board (meeting annually), composed of Executive Committee, up to 7 Vice-Presidents who are Presidents of regional organizations (for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America) and further representatives of these organizations depending on their membership. Executive Committee, consisting of President, General Secretary, Treasurer and one Member. Regional bodies include: D-XD4610 - Federación Latinoamericana de Trabajadores de la Educación y la Cultura (FLATEC), set up 1971; U-XE0278 - European Organization of the World Confederation of Teachers, set up 1986; H-XD2137 - Asian Confederation of Teachers (ACT), set up 1990; H-XD4259 - Pan-African Federation of Teachers' Trade Unions (PAFETTU), set up 1994. General Secretariat. Finance Committee. Professional Councils, currently 5: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Technical Education; Art Teaching; University Education.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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