Teachers in the small African state of Djibouti have appealed for and got help from Education International, the global union federation for teachers, in their struggle against repression by the authorities. In all 63 teachers in the leadership of the teaching union and the Save Education campaign in the country have been sacked from their teaching posts and struck off the civil service list.

According to the Facebook page of Save Education, which was set up to defend the rights of Djibouti teachers, security forces have come into schools and attacked and humiliated teachers and other staff supervising pupils sitting the baccalaureate exams. Moreover the teachers are on poverty salaries and the conditions in schools are bad, with students suffering stifling heat as they try to take their exams.

The general secretary of EI has written to the President of Djibouti to protest the treatment of the teachers: 

"These latest serious attacks on freedom of association have further heightened EI’s concern, and that of its two affiliates in Djibouti,  the Syndicat des professeurs des collèges et lycées de Djibouti (SYNESED) and the Syndicat des Enseignants du Premier Degré (SEP), over the deterioration of the teachers’ situation.  More than 83 teachers have seen their salaries suspended since October 2013, in violation of all procedures and the general statute governing civil servants.

To read the EI report in full go here.