BRITISH COLUMBIA TEACHERS
FOR PEACE AND GLOBAL EDUCATION
Is one of 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. PSAs are channels for members to exchange ideas on research, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and other shared interests.
“Global Education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all. Global Education is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Inter-cultural Education; being the global dimensions of Education for Citizenship.”
The formation of the B.C. Teachers for Peace and Global Education (PAGE) was preceded by two groups of educators who shared some common goals and chose to join forces to create a better world. A group of teachers advocating peace, led by Fran Jovic, and a group of teachers advocating global education, led by Mary Gillanders, joined together in 1985 to form the PAGE Provincial Specialist Association (PSA).
Over the past 25 years PAGE has been led by Presidents Fran Jovic, Mary Gillanders, Dave Talbot, Beata Hittrich, Judy Brayden, Pummy Kaur, Donald Wilson, Susan Ruzic and Gren van Vugt. They have been joined by dozens of executive members who have worked tirelessly to educate fellow teachers at conferences and in print. The membership has steadily increased, and has included educators not only from B.C., but also Ontario and Prince Edward Island, as well as South Africa and Australia. As an important philosophical PSA, PAGE has collaborated with national and local groups to further its goals of awareness raising, professional development, and activism, and supports both local and international initiatives that are in accord with its objectives.
PAGE is comprised of a network of dedicated teachers, all of whom want to do more than just deliver curricula. They are peace and global educators preparing students to be citizens of the world, demonstrate humanitarian concern, and be cognizant of the necessity of living in a socially responsible manner. Join our PAGE and become part of a group of individuals who are working at all levels to make this a better, more equitable, and sustainable world for all.