We held the international symposium "The Future of Education and Labor in the Shadow of Crisis"


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Eğitim-Bir-Sen and Memur-Sen Chairman Ali Yalçın stated that the contradictions regarding access to education, schooling and education infrastructure continue inexorably and he added “We have all witnessed that none of the promises of the system in the past have come true. We are both educators and trade unionists. Just as we are fighting about labor, we have to fight against the system created by the global elite in education," he said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of "The Future of Education and Labor in the Shadow of Crisis" International Symposium held in Istanbul with the participation of 104 executives from 52 countries, Ali Yalçın said that he experienced the honor and joy of hosting the architects of solidarity and labor leaders in Turkey at a time when the world was struggling with major crises.

We believe that the problems will be overcome by talking, and that they will be dispersed with solidarity in the whirlpool created by the current crisis.

Reminding that 4 years ago, they organized a symposium titled “Globalization, Education and Trade Unions” in Istanbul with the participation 175 representatives of 89 unions from 77 countries, Yalçın continued his words as follows: “We believe in following ideas and tradition. With this understanding in our world struggling with crises today, we are organizing another symposium under the title of "The Future of Education and Labor in the Shadow of Crisis" where we will talk about education, labor and humanity. We believe that the problems will be overcome by talking and that the whirlpool created by the current crisis will be dispersed with solidarity. The more consciousness and experience we transfer, the more clearly we can see how easily some difficulties are overcome.”

Noting that they have experienced a process that coincides with very few periods in history, Yalçın said, "Economic and political crises, epidemics, wars, migration, climate disasters and possibly social upheavals... is being experienced today in a way that affects the whole globe in a total way. For example, the economic crisis, along with the pandemic, took the whole world captive. While even developed economies are facing the danger of recession today, they are especially facing the food and energy crisis. Again, one third of the world lives in a state of war and conflict. On the other hand, nearly half a billion people were displaced from their homes and had to migrate to other regions. Climate disasters, on the other hand, make themselves felt more deeply every day; Fires, floods and earthquakes have now become a part of our lives, and unfortunately, depending on all these, social movements are manipulated and channeled in another direction by the sovereigns.

A handful of capitalists are getting richer, while the workforce is getting poorer.

“All these things are the result of systemic injustice,” said Yalçın, “The richest 10 percent of the world's population owns 76 percent of the world's wealth, that is, an average of 771 thousand 300 dollars per person. In contrast, the poorest 50 percent own only 2 percent of the total wealth. This equates to an average of $4,100 per person. While the last theory of capitalism, the neoliberal model, has been applied in 40 years, a handful of capitalists have become significantly richer, while the labor segment, which makes up the majority of the world's population, is getting poorer. Right at this point, I would like to share another contradiction with you through the climate crisis. Those at the top of the income distribution also have the greatest responsibility for climate change, but you see this reality is veiled by some rhetoric, so to speak, confessional theories. The richest 10 percent are responsible for about 50 percent of emissions. On the other hand, the poorest 50 percent constitute only 12 percent of the total emissions.”

We must fight against the system created by the global elites in education as in labor.

Stating that in a system with such contradictions, they face the same problems and similar gaps in education, Yalçın said: “The contradictions regarding access to education, schooling and finally education infrastructure continue inexorably. In fact, we have all witnessed that none of the promises of the system in the past were realized. We are both educators and trade unionists. We must also fight against the system created by the global elites in education.

We have to discuss the understanding of education that reduces people to a narrow perspective.

Underlining that they have to discuss the understanding of education that reduces people to a narrow perspective, Yalçın concluded his words as follows: “For example, the understanding of education, which sees people as a project for the future, considers people as a product of industry. In fact, one of the main reasons that created and even deepened the crisis we are going through is the understanding of education that has been narrowed down with this and similar understanding. This understanding sees young people as both products and customers of the big economic system. We are aware of the truth. We are also aware of the contradictions produced by the system, but we are aware of one more thing. Today, we will be the hope of the masses by displaying solidarity against the perpetrators of the crisis in the world, from education to the economy. Long live the solidarity of labor!”

 

 

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