A publicly-funded post-secondary education system would mean that students would no longer face financial barriers when accessing education, which keep a disproportionate number of those from the most marginalized communities out of college and university. An accessible system of post-secondary education would also mean that workers on our campuses can rely on stable funding to strengthen job security and working conditions and access stable funding for their research. Canada as a whole will benefit from a highly-educated workforce, which will be better equipped to weather global crises and changing industries, as well as take on the challenges of the future. In short, public education benefits everyone.
We need education for all because it is a stepping stone towards climate justice as the post-secondary education system is crucial to progress to a green and sustainable future. The student movement recognizes that climate justice is more than just about the environment, just as education is more than just about tuition costs. It’s about workers’ rights, economic justice, Indigenous peoples, migrants, anti-racism and social justice. Each is entangled within another, and a victory for one is a victory for all.
What does Education for All look like?
- A post-secondary education system that is high-quality, fully accessible, and publicly-funded and respected for its important economic, social and cultural role in our society.
- Fair wages and working conditions and secure employment for all workers at our colleges and universities and an end to contracting out and the privatization of services, including teaching, cleaning, and food services.
- A research ecosystem driven by the quest for knowledge and not corporate priorities, that funds research in all disciplines, protects the public ownership of results and intellectual property, and supports researchers at every stage of their academic careers.
- Open and transparent governance with diverse representation of faculty, students, and workers to ensure that decisions that impact the campus community are made by community members with a stake in the outcomes.
- Strict limits on the ability of corporations or private donors to exercise control over research, curriculum, or employment decisions of post-secondary institutions.
What difference would Education for All make?
- Embracing Education for All would help to foster a well-educated population that has the skills, knowledge, and tools to address the current crises - health, climate, economic, and social – and help prevent such crises from reoccurring in the future.
- It would remove barriers for historically marginalized communities, including racialized, migrant, queer, women, Black, Indigenous and low income people to pursue post-secondary education.
- It would move our post-secondary institutions into a central role in the fight against climate change and society’s move towards climate justice.
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