Young People demonstrating in Mauritania for democracy in 2011 Secondary teachers in Mauritania are to strike from January 15th The teachers, who are members of the union SNES, are demanding wage increases and improved housing and better conditions for those teachers working outside the capital Nouakchott. They are also demanding justice for their members who lost their jobs in 1999 when the government decided that science subjects should be taught in French instead of Arabic. Teachers and children in Mauritania have to work in very bad conditions - particularly in rural areas where there are scarcely any teaching materials and class sizes are high. Last May, teachers were on strike for amongst other things an allowance for chalk (see previous post).