After 37 days of striking, CODEV partner the Federation of Colombian Educators (FECODE) reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education in Colombia.
Carlos Rivas, President of FECODE
Teachers were joined by students and parents in organized peaceful actions across the country, in some cases there were serious confrontations between peaceful protesters and police officers, and furthermore in the context of the national strike three teachers were killed and one disappeared. (more…)
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Following a failed round of negotiations this week, and the killings of 3 teachers, the Colombian Educators’ Federation (FECODE) has called for new actions in the national teachers’ strike the federation launched May 11.
FECODE representatives said the Colombian education ministry has failed to move on the federation’s demands aimed at addressing the crisis in Colombia’s public education system. FECODE is calling for a reduction in class sizes, investment in the system’s crumbling infrastructure, the provision of janitors and other maintenance personnel, school lunches and public transport for students, improved teacher training, and compliance with wage agreements committed to by the Colombian government in 2016. (more…)
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