Education should be joyful, hopeful and liberating. We want to build an education system that frees minds, inspires hope and leads learners to question, criticise and create throughout their entire lives. On Saturday 26th August 2017 ​the Industrial Workers of the World invites all members, friends and fellow travellers working and studying in education institutions who share these goals to join us in building a united and fighting education workers union and to organise for a democratic system of education fit for a better world.

Aims of the congress:

1. Discuss, debate and reach a consensus on our agreed criticisms of the existing education system and our vision of a left-libertarian alternative. 

2. Share and recommend best practice for education worker groups based on the successes of past experiences and campaigns and agree priority campaign areas for future organising.

3. Commission a core of education worker organisers to build education worker groups in their workplaces and locales with agreed goals.

4. Outline the resources needed for education workers facing stress from work pressures, atomisation, privatisation and casualisation across the sector.

5. Outline an agreed strategy for "dual-carding" Reps in TUC trade unions.

 

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS SATURDAY 5th AUGUST. REGISTERING AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT GAURANTEE YOU A PLACE AT THE CONGRESS.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

Note: there may be some slight alterations to the planned programme before the event. 

 

10am – 10:15am Welcome, housekeeping, introduction to aims and principles

 

10:15am – 11:45am EDUCATE Session

Purpose: to analyse the problems with the current education system and present a vision for education controlled by and for the benefit of the workers, the community and the students themselves. Within the current context particular attention needs to be given to the way in which the state is using educational institutions as an area for the enforcement of border-policing, racist and Islamophobic policies and how educators can support migrant learners and their families.

To present this vision as a statement by the congress.

Structure:

15 minute introductory speech

40 minute breakout session to formulate responses to questions

1.) Analysing current education system

2.) Creating a new vision for education

3.) Resistance to current problems in education

15 minute report back and discussion – 5 mins per question

20 minute implementation – writing a statement of the congress

 

11:45am – 12:15pm Coffee break



12:15pm – 1:45pm AGITATE Session

15 minute talk from education workers organiser 

40 minute breakout sessions:

1.) Creating resources for education workers facing stress from work pressures, atomisation, privatisation and casualisation across the sector.

2.) Creating a structure for education workers groups and their organisers

3.) Learning lessons and best practice from successful and unsuccessful past campaigns

15 minute report back and discussion – 5 mins per question

20 minute implementation

 

1:45pm – 2:30pm Lunch break

 

2:30pm – 4pm ORGANISE Session

15 minute talk from education workers rep / organiser

40 minute breakout sessions:

1.) How do we operate within existing TUC trade unions?

2.) What should be the priority areas for IWW Education campaigns?

3.) Building a new world in the shell of the old: is it possible to bring our ideal vision of education into current practice?


15 minute report back and discussion.

20 minute implementation, including commissioning a core of education worker organisers to build education worker groups.

 

4pm – 4:30pm Coffee / Comfort Break.

 

4:30pm – 5pm Final Statement of Aims and Principles of the Congress

 

5pm – 5:45pm Plenary speech from Guest Speaker (tbc) 

 

5:45pm – 6:15pm Clean up

 

Post-Congress Social (details tbc)



Venue:

Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield S7

 

Register for the congress by filling out the form below: