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Educators Mourn Oslo Tragedy

Less than a day after a deadly attack on a youth camp and government buildings in Oslo, delegates to the Education International World Congress expressed "deep sympathy and solidarity with the people of Norway, with the families of the victims and with all those affected by the these terrible events."

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said, "This is a senseless and barbaric act, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families and all the Norwegian people. The common cause we're sharing with educators around the world at the Congress this week includes our commitment to stand strong against acts of terror around the world."

A one-minute silence in memory of all teachers, education workers, and students killed in the attacks was observed by the 1,800 participants at EI's sixth World Congress, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, through July 26.

Said EI President Susan Hopgood: "Educators of the world condemn the acts of those who would descend us into darkness. We reaffirm our commitment, more than ever, to building bridges of understanding by strongly rejecting extremism in all its forms."


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