On Friday October 5th (World Teachers' Day) the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) will hold national celebration and march in support of Teachers' Rights.
Mr. Rong Chhun, CITA President said “The theme of this years’ World Teachers’ Day which is supported by the international community is ‘Take a Stand for Teachers!’. The focus is on teachers’ basic rights both as workers and education professionals. CITA has prepared Report Card to highlight four areas: Teachers’ Salaries, Education Spending, Teachers’ Labour Rights and Teacher participation. We hope the government will consider our recommendations in these areas and this will lead to improved status for teachers and increase the quality of education.”
The teachers, students, parents and general public will gather in Freedom Square in Phnom Penh from 8am. There will be speeches from various stakeholders and CITA members. Then the group will march to the Ministry of Education to deliver the WTD Report Card and petition for education reforms.
The Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (CITA) was established in March 2000 and formal registered with the Ministry of the Interior (MoI) in July 2001. CITA is the only independent, nonpartisan, non-profit, non-governmental teachers’ union in Cambodia. CITA currently represents just under 10,000 teachers through 21 branches across Cambodia. Through national and international campaigning, CITA advocates for improvement of the difficult working conditions facing teachers in Cambodia and lobbies the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to recognize teachers’ rights.