Once again teachers in the West African state of Gabon have embarked on a month’s strike over unpaid wages. They are also demanding that early years teachers be integrated into the school system – they have been working without salaries for many years. Teachers in the country earn poverty wages – about $130 a month – making it difficult to live a reasonable life.
As a result of the strike the government of dictator Ali Bongo promised to pay the money owed to them – however that has still not happened. Moreover his government has a habit of sending out armed security forces to attack the teachers and the school and university students who often come out to support them.