Educational Institute of Scotland - March in Glasgow 6/3/2010
On Saturday 6th March 2010 the Educational Institute of Scotland held a march and rally in Glasgow to launch their campaign against savage cuts in the education budget which will drastically affect teachers, lecturers, pupils, schools and colleges throughout Scotland as local City Councils are deprived of proper funding and the UK Government makes cuts to bail out failed banks and financial institutions.
The turnout for the march which started in Kelvingrove park within sight of Glasgow University was tremendous, with around nine to ten thousand coming along to show their support for the fight against education cuts in Scotland.
Teachers, lecturers, students, parents and children took to the streets united against education cuts and created a colourful sea of placards and banners as they marched through the City.
The EIS is not known for taking to the streets at the drop of a hat so this was a really significant action.
It is also interesting that Helen Connor President of the EIS while speaking later at a rally in the Armadillo next to the SECC went on to pose a question to the Westminster government - of whether the Trident programme, the war in Afghanistan or the introduction of Identity cards was more important than the future of our children?
The EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith also spoke at the rally. He is quoted in a leaflet which was handed out at the rally as saying - Money allocated to education is not a cost, but an investment in our children and in the future prosperity of our entire country. How can Scotland be expected to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy without a highly educated, highly skilled workforce? As the world emerges from its current economic downturn, it is those countries who have continued to invest in education and training that will be the best placed to recover quickly. -Today is just the beginning of the Why must our Children pay? campaign.
The rally ended with a standing ovation for the speakers.
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