Like their colleagues in so many other parts of the world, French teachers have stepped up to help in a refugee camp. The refugees are camped in the heart of Europe - in the northern French port of Calais, as they try to get across to the UK. Many have made the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean sea, where hundreds have drowned as they flee conflict zones such as Syria, Lybia and Eritrea. The conditions in the camp are dreadful - mostly young men, but also some women and children, living in makeshift tents.

The UK, which was one of the main allies of the US in its so-called war on terror in the Middle East, has hardly taken any of the migrants fleeing desparate situations, for which the country's government is arguably partly to blame. Instead the refugees have to risk their lives once more to try and stow away in or under lorries or even walk through the channel tunnel, a train link between France and the UK. Many have died in the attempt. The right wing UK government has been stoking up xenophobia and racism in the country, by describing the refugees as a 'swarm' and accusing them of simply wanting a 'better life'. Why they shouldn't strive for a better life is not clear, but the fact is that they are refugees from conflict.

French teachers are giving up their time to help teach in a school set up by a Nigerian inhabitant of the camp, Zimarco Jones, who said the most important thing was that people in the camp were united - no matter what country they come from. Teacher Monique Denoued said of the students - 'they are people with diplomas, they are young men - they are just like the young people I teach in my lycee (higher secondary school)'. This is a scene which is reenacted in refugee camps all over the world, where teachers are helping - often for no pay - to bring education to some of the most oppressed young people in the world.