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Challenges of teaching unionism in Angola Challenges of teaching unionism in Angola

Challenges of teaching unionism in Angola
Coming out of a colonial process to a monoparty regime, in an atmosphere of civil war, Angola saw the embarrassment of the rights universally considered as fundamental and now enshrined in the Law, but not always respected in practice. These include the rights to quality education for all, to employment, to fair remuneration, to freedom of union exercise, namely.
Accordingly, teaching unionism in Angola faces challenges such as achieving greater investment in education, with the rise of the portion of the State Budget allocated to the Sector to at least 20%, instead of 7%, a value around which has been oscillating in recent years. Therefore, the aim is to hire more teachers, who are still sorely lacking in primary education, and the general improvement of technical, safety and health conditions in schools, many of them in a state of genuine poverty, something unbelievable after 14 years without war.
Another focus of our struggle is a general review of teachers' salaries, who are now experiencing accelerated depreciation in relation to the cost of living.
The current scenario of Angolan society requires that teachers' unionism considerably increase their educational role within the class. This includes increasing the dedication to work and the effort to overcome teachers' intellectual overcoming and also combating corruption and harassment in schools.
Facing these challenges will be compromised if full union freedom is not achieved. More than sixty teachers have already been arrested or taken to court for claims of struggle, although no conviction has been reached for that reason. Giving respect to the authorities, especially those of the Provinces, more prone to abuse of power, is an indisputable challenge of unionism, for the sake of its achievements and the democratic development of the labor environment.