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Canadian Teachers support SLTU to fight Ebola

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

As part of their contribution to the fight against the Ebola virus disease which has ravaged lives and hindered economic transformation of the country, a cross-section of members of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, specifically Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), are planning to organize a special event to raise fund for Sierra Leonean teachers and their families that are victims of the outbreak.

According to a mail sent by ETFO to the Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union (SLTU), teachers across Canada are very much concerned about the way and manner in which the virus continues to annihilate lives of sierra Leonean teachers and their families.

“The reports we are receiving indicate that there has been an upturn in the number of reported cases in Sierra Leone, and of course we find this disturbing. Teachers across Canada are very concerned; especially those who visited the country have formed a group and are taking action to raise awareness in Canada about the plight of those Ebola stricken countries and we have planned to have a walk code named; “To Show We Care” on 22 November 2014,” the ETFO email stated.

Responding to the mail, Secretary General of SLTU, Davidson A. Kuyateh, expressed thanks and appreciation to the CTF for their constant support to the SLTU, adding that their collaboration in the past thirty years has produced great success.

According to him, the Ebola virus disease has taken the lives of fifty hardworking teachers in the country and more than hundred are currently in quarantined homes.

“The Canadian Teachers’ Union and the National Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom have provided the sum of $9,000 and 5,000 pounds respectively for Ebola. These funds were used to provide food items to families of the 50 teachers who have died so far and some that are quarantined,” he said.

He added that during the food aid distribution exercise, appeals were made for the Union to consider extending help to school going children of deceased teachers and those in quarantined homes.

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