World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI)

May 19, 2020

WCCI 50th Anniversary Conference Cancelled

Dear WCCI members & Conference Delegates:

Greetings and I hope you are safe and well during this global pandemic of COVID-19. The situation worldwide is regrettably worsening in many countries or regions, resulting in great suffering and hardships to billions of people and massive economic pauses and dislocations.

The WCCI Board has therefore met to reconsider the WCCI 50th Anniversary Conference, which as we informed you, was postponed to November 1-7, 2020. Taking into account several factors such as the likely continuing spread of the coronavirus through 2020 and in the view of many health experts and Government officials, even in 2021; the difficulty of developing a safe and effective vaccine in less than 1 year to 18 months; barriers in obtaining official leave to travel for international conferences; disruptions in airline routes; uncertain success in gaining visas to the USA or other required in-transit visas; and recently announced plans of the Government of California implying that conferences may not likely be allowed in 2020 , the Executive Board has therefore regrettably decided that WCCI has no option but to cancel the planned November Conference. The Board places utmost priority on the safety of your health as well as recognizing the significant logistical obstacles to host a successful conference due to the global pandemic.

Furthermore, for the same reasons, WCCI is not in a position at this time to further postpone the conference and plan for a future date for the Conference at the present time. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and inform you of future plans when it will be safe and practicable to organize a Conference.

For member and delegates who have already paid your early bird registration fees, if you wish to have the fees refunded at this time, please send your request to Carole Caparros, Executive Assistant at the WCCI Secretariat at

We’re truly appreciative of your interest and commitment in attending the much anticipated 50th Anniversary Conference of WCCI, and hope you will consider attending the conference when a rescheduled date has been confirmed.

Our best wishes for your educational and social programs and activities. Please continue to take care and keep safe,


Toh Swee-Hin

Toh Swee-Hin
President, WCCI
Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
Laureate, UNESCO Prize for Peace Education (2000)