Event: Stories from the Frontlines of the Honduran Teachers’ Struggle

CoDev invites you to hear from Honduran teachers’ union member Dilcia Diaz, a coordinator with the CoDev supported Non-Sexist Pedagogy program.

Hear from a front line activist as she addresses the de facto government’s “shock therapy” tactics to privatize public education, the role of international financial institutions in dismantling Honduran teachers’ organizations and the new teaching practices COPEMH is developing to promote gender equity and democracy in Honduran classrooms.

Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver.

Sunday, February 5, 2012.  Doors at 5:30pm.  Free.

COPEMH’s Carolina Pineda introduces former Honduran President Mel Zelaya, ousted in June 2009 coup

COPEMH, a Honduran teachers’ union, has been at the forefront of the struggle to restore democracy in Honduras and its president Jaime Rodriguez, is the General Secretary of the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP), a broad coalition of civil society organizations seeking to overturn the coup.

COPEMH also plays a key role in resisting efforts by the de facto regime to undermine Honduras’ public education system and dismantle the teachers’ organizations. The College has paid a heavy price for its resistance. At least ten teachers have been assassinated since the coup, dozens have been beaten and imprisoned, and hundreds dismissed. The de facto regime has also attempted to break the College financially by with-holding funds from membership dues and intervening in the teachers’ social security fund.

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