Lærere i Swaziland kæmper mod regeringsindgreb, censur og tankpasserpædagogik

swaziland3-080910-553smallPå deres årsmøde i sidste uge, besluttede lærernes fagforening i Swaziland, Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), at kæmpe imod utidig indblanding i undervisningen, censur af pensum og manipulation af uddannelsespolitikken fra regeringen.

SNAT besluttede blandt andet på årsmødet, at man ville forsøge at presse regeringen til at ændre de nationale læseplaner, og samtidigt forklare befolkningen hvorfor disse tiltag er nødvendige. Read more of this post

Swazi activist Stones Ginindza passes away

I was with great sorrow that Africa Contact has learnt that long-serving Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ) Secretary General to the Board, Stones Ginindza, has passed away.

Stones Ginindza was a dear and long-serving partner of Africa Contact as well as being a major capacity in Swaziland’s democratic movement, where she also served as Secretary General for the Swaziland National Association of Teachers and Chairperson of Swaziland Network Campaign for Education for All, amongst other things. Read more of this post

South African union gives support to striking Swazi teachers

The South African Public Servants Association (PSA), that represents over 200.000 South African public servants, is calling “for a speedy resolution of the on-going public service unrest in neighboring Swaziland.”

In a statement today [7. August], the union condemned the Swazi regimes handling of the “protracted strike by teachers belonging to the Swaziland National Union of Teachers” that has been underway for six weeks now, including the attempted wage reductions and firing of over 200 teachers for participating in the strike action. Read more of this post

Swazi teachers continue strike despite regime intimidation

“The struggle for the public servants is still on. We had a SNAT [Swaziland National Union of Teachers] mass meeting on Friday and the teachers resolved to press on for yet another week,” Swaziland National Union of Teachers Secretary General, Muzi Mhlanga, told Africa Contact yesterday.

The public employees have been on strike for five weeks now, demanding a pay rise of 4.5 per cent, well below the rate of inflation in Swaziland and a mere fraction of the 30 per cent pay rise that Swaziland’s parliamentarians have given themselves. Read more of this post

Swazilands politi skyder på strejkende lærere

Ifølge NGO’en Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ), skød politiet igen i går gummikugler og tåregas på lærere i Swaziland der strejkede og demonstrerede for en 4,5% lønstigning. Dette krav skal ses i lyset af at to tredjedele af Swazilands befolkning lever for under en dollar om dagen, mange af disse på fødevarehjælp, og at regeringens svar på den i høj grad selvforskyldte finansielle krise i landet, har været at skære ned på blandt andet sundhedssystemet og uddannelsessystemet. Read more of this post