Resolution of the 2nd Meeting
The phenomenon of globalization, understood in its double aspect of advancing new information technologies, which allow almost immediate contact with any part of the globe, and of affirming an increasingly penetrating neo-liberalism in all sectors of life that transforms all in a large world market, it continues to benefit the richest and most powerful by further digging the gap that divides rich and poor, be they countries, peoples or societies. Accepting the commodification of relations between countries, peoples and societies as an inevitability of modern times constitutes not only the negation of the progress of humanity, but also betrays the struggle of many thousands of men and women for a more just and more humane world.
Aware that the Trade Unions were, are and will continue to be the organizations that base their action on the incessant search for more justice, more equality and greater brotherhood among men, the Trade Union Organizations signatory to this Declaration reaffirm their readiness to continue to act around the establishment of the bridges and links necessary for the construction of a New International Order based on the respect of all peoples, on the recognition of their political, social and cultural diversity and on the more equitable distribution of wealth.
As organizations representing workers in education, they know that this is not only a key element in the preservation of cultural tradition, the essence of the identity of a people, but also a factor in bringing people together through scientific knowledge that does not belong to any market, but of all humanity. They know that Education thus plays an irreplaceable role in the development of the progress of humanity, based on the idea that everyone has the right to know and to enjoy science and technology. They know that this progress cannot be based on a school that is limited to repeating acquired knowledge, that provides fragmented backgrounds or, even worse, that conforms to economic efficiency where the values of solidarity, social justice, cultural plurality, democracy, equity, ecological sustainability either do not exist or have no substantive correspondence in the daily lives of schools.
The signatory organizations of this Resolution understand Education as a privileged means for the formation of critical and autonomous citizens, capable of considering the future, of taking advantage of the possibilities offered by new technologies and advances in science and technology. They understand Education as an inalienable right of children and young people that cannot be postponed or subject to the discrimination inherent in any market mechanism.
That is why they defend the Public School in the sense of building a socially useful school, but equally committed to combating all forms of social exclusion, a school focused on life and the demands of society, but equally democratic in its functioning and in access and success opportunities for all children and young people, a school that is a source of individual appreciation for the knowledge it provides, but also generates solidarity and civic and humanitarian responsibilities, a school that does not forget the historical legacy that each one it is a carrier of us, but it is also concerned with the new problems that humanity is going through and that indelibly condition the future.
This School can only be Public, it must be of Quality and for All.
Thus, they appeal to the society in which each of the organizations is inserted to join efforts in the construction of a public, secular, gartite, democratic and quality school, an essential factor so that everyone has access to education regardless of social conditions, religious beliefs or philosophical or ideological beliefs.
This is our primary combat. However, in order to achieve this strategic objective, it is necessary to understand that educators are the main factor in building the quality of education so conceived. For this reason, no unilateral declaration of official intention will be effective in changing the educational reality with such significance if it ignores and underestimates the experience, knowledge and social commitment of teachers and education workers and their representative organizations.
United by this ideal, but also by the existence of a common history and language, the signatory organizations of this Declaration understand that these reasons are more than sufficient to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation that, without hiding the natural differences, value the heritage everyone and reinforce their action around common goals. To this end, they decided to create an organization called COMMUNITIES OF UNION ORGANIZATIONS OF WORKERS IN EDUCATION IN THE COUNTRIES OF PORTUGUESE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, CPLP - SINDICAL DA EDUCAÇÃO, with the aim of, among others:
- Strengthen relations between the Teachers and Education Workers' Trade Union Organizations in Portuguese-speaking countries, seeking to boost cooperation in the social, economic, cultural, legal and pedagogical fields, in particular with regard to teacher training;
- Defend and promote, through education, the Portuguese language, the common heritage of our peoples;
- Defend and promote the existence of a Public School, secular, free, democratic and of quality, an essential factor for everyone to have access to education, regardless of social conditions, religious beliefs or ideological convictions, articulating their intervention in the face of educational reform processes underway in the respective countries.
Coimbra, March 16, 2004