Tunisian Teachers demonstrating in 2011 Teachers in Tunisia are continuing to play a leading role in the struggle for democracy and social justice Mohamed Sghaier is visting teacher colleagues in the UK and has explained the continuing need for solidarity with the struggles of teachers in Tunisia. It was in Tunisia that the so-called Arab spring began at the end of 2010 - with teachers taking a leading role in bringing down the dicatatorial Ben Ali regime. "During the revolution we were the first to organise meetings of support for the citizens of Sidi Bouzid . This cost us persecution by the police and even being called to order by the leadership of the union federation - the UGTT- which did not want to see the revolution triumph because they had many vested interests in the regime of Ben Ali," Mohamed Sghaier explained. Unfortunately the election of the Ennahdha party, has seen little change from the policies of Ben Ali. Like him they are following the dictates of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, whose strategy document for Tunisia calls for improving education by 'promoting the participation of the private sector.'Youth unemployment is still widespread and the government is now using the same repressive measures as the old dictatorial regime, with mass arrests and police brutality against protesters. Teachers struck earlier this year to demand proper funding for education. They are now planning a series of strikes - beginning on November 22nd and escalating over the weeks if their demands are not met. The UK teachers who Mohamed Sghaier met promised their solidarity - hopefully teachers from around the world will send similar support.