Regarding reports on the participation of representatives of TUI in the Education International conference "On the Move for Equality" in Bangkok, Education International holds its conferences in venues which are convenient and affordable for its members.
Conferences are usually convened in venues when they are outside of their tourist season. The Bangkok conference was scheduled originally for May of last year, but had to be postponed due to the internal political difficulties in Thailand.
The TUI in Ireland is a valued member of Education International. Its representatives made a useful and positive contribution to the deliberations at the conference in Bangkok.
It would be unfortunate for international development and solidarity if organisations were inhibited from contributing to the promotion of values such as equality, social justice and education for all at global level by the publication of such contemptuous articles in newspapers.
fred van leeuwen
education international, general secretary