EI’s affiliates in Senegal – Syndicat autonome de l’enseignement supérieur (SAES), Syndicat des professeurs du Sénégal (SYPROS), Syndicat national de l’enseignement élémentaire (SNEEL-CNTS), Syndicat unique et démocratique des enseignants du Sénégal (SUDES) and Union démocratique des enseignantes et enseignants du Sénégal (UDEN) – joined forces under the Union Syndicale banner on a Labour Day awareness-building and advocacy campaign for Quality Education for All.
Labour Day activities
SYPROS staged an event in a Dakar secondary school that brought together teaching union members, together with pupils wearing T-shirts and caps printed with the campaign logo and slogan, parents, representatives of the local Education for All Coalition (COSYDEP), and a past General Secretary of SYPROS now Minister-Counsellor to the President of the Republic and a Member of Parliament.
At the rally, there were many calls to make all stakeholders aware of and actively engaged with quality education as demanded by EI’s global Unite for Quality Education (Unite) campaign.
SYPROS used the opportunity to report, interview, and listen to what students and teachers had to say about their problems and their needs from quality education.
Global Action Week activities
At a press conference on 4 May, SYPROS General Secretary Marième Sakho Dansokho highlighted the EI campaign and called on the authorities to make education their top priority.
SYPROS members also took part in a panel discussion on 9 May chaired by the Education Minister on quality and inclusive education for all.
SYPROS was also prominent in the GAW closing march through the streets of Dakar on 10 May with marchers wearing T-shirts and caps displaying the EI and Unite campaign logos and slogans, and carrying banners and waving placards. Along the way, Sakho Dansokho gave interviews to the media calling for quality education.
As a guest on a national radio programme on 18 May, she spent an hour discussing the quality of education, EI, and the reasons for the global Unite campaign in both French and the national language, Wolof. “This campaign on the three pillars of teacher training, equipment and the teaching and learning environment is relevant to Senegal given the huge failings and woeful deficits in the system,” she said.
“Our Senegalese colleagues are to be congratulated on their relentless struggle for quality education in their country,” said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. “The public authorities in Senegal and around the world must be reminded of their duty to ensure equal access for all to a free, quality public education”.