A Schoolroom in Mauritania Secondary school teachers in Mauritania are striking in support of their demands The leaders of the two teaching unions - SNES and SIPES have a list of demands which the government has ignored. SIPES Secretary-General Mohameden Ould Rabani called on the authorities to "meet the demands of teachers, in particular for the creation of a set of regulations governing their profession, the establishment by decree of criteria for assignment and promotion, payment of the equipment allowance promised by the president and payment of chalk allowance of 20,000 ouguiyas per month." according to www.magharebia.com The call for an equipment alowance - the amount quoted is the equivalent of $73 - would indicate that as in many other countries in the Global South - and also increasingly in the Global North - teachers are having to buy their own basic materials just in order to teach.