Young People demonstrating in Mauritania earlier this Year
Teachers in Mauritania are to strike for three days in May
They are demanding the payment of improved allowances for transport and housing among other things and the strike is an attempt to get the military government to the negotiating table.
As in many other parts of North Africa, Mauritania saw demonstrations of young people earlier this year, demanding an end to military rule and the tackling of poverty. There is a very high level of poverty in Mauritania - particularly in rural areas where the rate is 70%. 44% of the population live on less than two dollars a day. Teachers are working in poor conditions - with average class sizes of 45 and for very little money.
Education International has sent its full support to the two teaching unions - SNES and SIPES which have called the strike.