Over a month ago we reported on the occupation of a primary school in the Spanish capital, Madrid. At that time parents had been occupying the school for 19 days. Well they are still there - and by this Friday they will have been camping out in the school for 60 days.

Parents have been occupying the Arcipreste school in protest at the decision to cut the nursery class, even though there are 19 children waiting to start. Although this may seem like a small dispute, it has a far greater resonance, partly because of the inspiring dedication of the parents and partly because what has happened to the community in Arcipreste is typical of events all across Spain (and indeed the rest of the world) as spending cuts hit public education while private education is privileged with tax cuts and subsidies.

This is just the latest battle in a long fight against cuts and school closures in Spain. The country is subject to harsh austerity measures, dictated by the Troika for the benefit of bond holders, which has seen youth unemployment climb to 58%, many in precarious work and families thrown out of their homes for failing to meet their rent or mortgate payments. Moreover corruption in elite circles is causing even more anger.

A spokesperson for the organisation Classrooms in the Streets, said - 'these days you even have to fight to get chalk!' He says that the decision to close the school is a symptom of a much bigger malaise, which is affecting the whole of public education in the country. The parents 'are giving a lesson in committment to their community, love for their children - who are all children - altruism, mutual help, collective intelligence and courage.'