Teachers, researchers, students, and education activists from Mexico, the United States and Canada who are interested in the defense of education as a social right from an internationalist perspective are encouraged to participate in the 13th Trinational Conference to be held November 9-11, 2018 in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico. The host organizations are the Mexican Section of the Trinational Coalition in Defense of Public Education and the Veracruz Popular Teachers Movement, a member of the National Coalition of Education Workers (CNTE).

The British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) notes that since the last Trinational Conference was held in Vancouver Canada, “we have experienced a radical change in the international situation. In our last conference we focused on the threat to public education represented by the deepening of free trade agreements. But today, in their effort to escape the economic and political crises generated by the neoliberal model, financial groups that dominate the economies and governments of our countries have redefined their strategies.”

“Today more than ever, education as a social right is in danger. Not just because we face more aggressive forms of privatization and commodification, but because education is seen as a coveted tool for imbedding in the ideology of our peoples these supremacist, xenophobic and racist ideas of contempt of one for the other, and rejection of everything collective, social or public.”

Since the Vancouver Trinational meeting, struggles of teachers, students, and community activists in defense of public education, labour rights, and political freedoms have grown in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. At this year’s Trinational, workshop themes will include commercialization of education, new forms of privatization, NTICs, consortia and foundations;  education financing, budget cuts and the use of public resources to subsidize the private sector; conditions of contingent labor for education workers and the deterioration of learning conditions at all levels, from K–12 to post-secondary; standardized testing and "evaluation" of teacher performance; construction of educational alternatives, including indigenous education; and successful experiences of organization and struggle at local, regional, national, tri-national and hemispheric levels.

In each workshop proposals for international action will be made, which will be incorporated into the plan of action for the next 2 years.

A summary of the Trinational’s recent history can be found here.