The Nigerian Union of Teachers is helping teachers in the North of the country, where schools are plagued by violence from the group Boko Haram. In Borno state, the union has converted its office space into living accommodation. It provides housing and assistance to some of the teachers displaced by the violence. 

Across the country 19,000 teachers have been displaced and 600 killed. Of 1000 schools in Borno state about 400 are open, with teachers and children continuing to work despite the danger. The schools were reopened for the first time in a year, last November

While politicians and World Bank economists pay lip service to educating children in conflict zones, teachers and their unions are doing the hard work on the ground, unrecognised except by the communities they serve.