Student teachers were among the dead and injured when gunmen attacked a teacher training college in the Northern Nigerian province of Kano. Provisional figures suggest that at least 15 were killed and 34 injured.

This is the latest attack on teachers and school students in Northern Nigeria and is probably the work of Boko Haram - a group whose name means that Western style education is a sin. Earlier this year 200 girls were abducted from a school in the same region: most of the girls were not found and nobody knows their fate.

The abduction of the girls caused global outrage and interest, with prime ministers and presidents posing with signs saying #BringBackOurGirls, however the caravan has moved on and meanwhile both before and after that event, children and teachers continue to suffer at the hands of violent armed groups and a government which either cannot or will not stop them. Ironically not long after the abduction, the World Economic Forum met in the capital Abuja, amid unprecendented security, including the closing of all schools and government officers.

Such security is not available to the teachers and children of Northern Nigeria. And of course the problem has causes far deeper than a mere lack of security. Nigeria is a country which is being laid waste by global corporations like Shell and BP as they extract its rich natural resources, enriching a small elite, including the political class, and impoverishing the majority of the population. Until such fundemental economic, political and social inequity is righted, armed groups like Boko Haram will continue to thrive and recruit among youth who see no future.

Meanwhile the underpaid and undervalued teachers and their students continue to work in these dreadful circumstances. We can only send them our solidarity and deep fellow feeling.