1. The Extraordinary Conference of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, held in Lisbon on 9 May 2008, brought together 20 leaders from 11 trade union organizations in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and S. Tomé and Prince. In compliance with the Agenda, issues related to labor and educational policies were discussed. The whole issue of HIV / AIDS and its great impact on the education systems of countries where the rate of the affected population is very high were also discussed.
2. In the world of globalization with all the challenges that are posed to the world of work, trade union organizations in the education sector have an increasingly important role in the defense of qualified workers and good working conditions, essential factors of economic progress, countries' social and cultural Governments will have to understand that strong trade union organizations, with a strong capacity to claim, will be the partners par excellence of dialogue and negotiation, basic pillars in the construction of true free and democratic societies. The political context of social dialogue is important and governments must understand that the reforms they want to make in the different sectors of activity will only be successful through the creation of participation and consultation mechanisms, in which government officials and unions together, analyze the problems and try to find the best solutions. The union members of CPLP-SE reaffirm the urgency for governments to recognize the essential role of union organizations in negotiating wage matters and educational policies, reinforcing the Social Dialogue.
3. The knowledge society poses a constant challenge to governments and the answer to which is a strong investment in the qualification of the active population. The Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000, by all 189 Member States of the United Nations General Assembly, has as one of its objectives, to achieve universal primary education, that is to ensure that, by 2015, all children, of both genders, complete a full cycle of primary education.
The joint recommendation of UNESCO and the ILO, regarding the “status” of teachers, affirms in its objectives, the right to education for all, without discrimination of sex, race, color, religion, political opinion, social origin or economic condition. In order to respond to these challenges, governments must understand that teachers and schools are required by society to play an enormous diversity of complex roles, for which initial training of the highest quality and continuous training is required to enable constant development. professional skills. In this sense, the union members of CPLP-SE understand that it is essential that governments take as a priority the development of coherent teacher training policies, initial and continuous, that promote their professional development, an essential factor for a quality and successful school .
4. The promotion of quality education involves attracting the most qualified people and keeping them in the teaching profession. In order to achieve this objective, it is urgent to reverse the general tendency to devalue the teaching profession, dignifying it through better salaries, better careers and better working conditions. CPLP-SE union leaders call on governments to urgently implement measures to encourage qualified and motivated professionals to enter and maintain the teaching profession. And these measures essentially involve the review of national investments in education, which allow the development of a policy of working conditions, careers and salaries that is attractive to teaching activities.
5. Another of the Millennium Goals is, by 2015, to stop and begin to reverse the spread of HIV / AIDS. HIV and AIDS continue to have a very significant impact on the education systems of countries with a high rate of affected population. And this impact has several aspects. One has to do with the costs of human resources related to the replacement of sick or dying teachers who are victims of the disease, and also with the material costs required for the medical monitoring of education workers. The other aspect, related to this, has to do with the urgent need to train new teachers prepared to deal with the crisis caused by the disease, namely in rural areas where there is a high number of orphaned children with enormous failure and retention rates. The union leaders of the CPLP-SE countries, assuming the joint recommendations of UNESCO and the ILO, affirm that governments should, with the collaboration of the teachers' unions, implement awareness programs in workplaces where nothing yet exists. These programs should include prevention, treatment and voluntary counseling and testing (VCT). They also affirm the need for major information campaigns, which allow teachers to create good working environments and help them to support colleagues and affected children.
6. CPLP-SE affirms its total rejection of the integration of Education in the agreements of the World Trade Organization. Education is considered to be a fundamental pillar in the social strategy of each country and, as such, requires a large public investment. Governments, however, cannot shirk their responsibility to ensure quality basic education for all. Educational quality is not only visible in educational results, but also involves an effective equal access for all citizens to quality education.
7. Solidarity, the essence of free and democratic unionism, is a value, accepted by all who make the modern union movement a means of fighting for a more just and more fraternal world. In the era of globalization in which we live, solidarity must be reaffirmed as a fundamental value of relations between bosses and workers. The union leaders of CPLP-SE reaffirm that solidarity is the essence of the modern union movement, which makes union organizations of the century. XXI a true bulwark against blind individualism and against savage competitiveness. Cooperation and collaboration will be words on which the activity of CPLP-SE will be based.
8. The trade union organizations that are part of CPLP-SE and that are affiliated with several international organizations, namely the International Education, commit themselves to develop a common strategy, in order to divulge the realities of each of the countries, which with specificities demand adequate policies that promote full integration in different regions and the world.
9. CPLP-SE union leaders undertake to send to the respective Governments and national and international organizations where their organizations are affiliated with this Declaration.
Lisbon, 9 May 2008