School students in Greece are occupying more than a hundred schools in support of their teachers, who have returned to work after last week's strike action. According to a report on the UK BBC website, young people in many parts of the country are taking over their schools and refusing to allow anyone to enter. One young student told the BBC: "Our main goal is to demonstrate our solidarity with our teachers, who could not go on striking indefinitely."

The students make clear that they are taking this action, including staying in the schools overnight in order to secure them, because the situation in Greece has become intolerable. Another young person said: "We have been severely affected by the crisis. Last year many of our friends fainted from malnutrition. We cannot sit in silence."

The fight against austerity and neo-liberal restructuring of education in Greece has been ongoing ever since the crisis first hit, as post after post on this website testifies. Teachers have been in the forefront of the fightback, along with their colleagues in higher education, and administrative staff - who are on strike now against staffing cuts in universities. But students, both in higher education and at school have also been in the leadership of the fight. They have consistently demonstrated their desire for education and for a future and have taken part in marches, innovative protests outside parliament, and school occupations in the past as well.

In an excellent video, where teachers explain why they are campaigning, several of them say a variation of what this teacher says: "I want to work in a school that produces thinking people not cheap workforce." There is a slogan which is popular with teachers in South America: 'el maestro luchando tambien esta ensenanda' - (teachers in struggle are also teaching). The high school students in Greece certainly seem to be learning from their teachers the importance both of thinking, and of struggling to make the world a better place.