World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (WCOTP)

Confédération mondiale des organisations de la profession enseignante (CMOPE)
Confederación Mundial de Organizaciones de Profesionales de la Enseñanza
Weltverband der Lehrerorganisationen

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1 Aug 1952, Copenhagen (Denmark), by three major international federations of teachers: World Organization of the Teaching Profession (WOTP); International Federation of Teachers' Associations (IFTA); and International Federation of Secondary Teachers (FIPESO). IFTA and FIPESO became Constituent Federations of WCOTP; WOTP ceased to exist on setting up of WCOTP. Constitution and Bylaws last amended: Aug 1988. World Congress Jan 1993, Stockholm (Sweden), decided WCOTP would cease to exist as of 31 Dec 1993, on merger with International Federation of Free Teachers' Unions (IFFTU), to form Education International (EI). However, the organization ceased to exist de facto (although not de jure) as of 31 Jan 1993.


Gather all teachers into one organization capable of exerting an influence commensurate with the social importance of the function; foster a concept of education directed toward promotion of international understanding and good will, the safeguarding of peace and freedom, and respect of human dignity; improve teaching methods, educational programmes, the organization of education and the academic and professional initial and continuing preparation of teachers so that the interests of all people may be better served; defend the rights of teachers and their organizations, and the material and moral interests of the teaching profession.

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Exchange of professional knowledge and organizational experience amongst members. As the independent voice of the teaching profession at the world level, WCOTP sought to play a major role in promoting closer links amongst all international teachers' organizations and worked for a strong unified teachers' organization in each nation or territory. It served as expression at the world level of the spirit of solidarity of the teaching profession, providing material and moral support to teachers and organizations facing crises, whether their cause was syndical, political or natural. Organized meetings (including regional conferences, seminars on specific themes, institute programmes placed on a sub-regional basis) in various regions of the world for cooperative study of special problems of education and the teaching profession. Trained teacher organization leaders in developing countries.


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Consultative Status

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Special Status); International Labour Organization (ILO).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 24 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 129 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Professions
  • Education
    • Education
    • Educators
    • Educational Content

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



Last News Received

17. Dec 1992
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