On December 9th, Education International's Board of Directors passed a resolution on terrorism in Mozambique and the need for international assistance and assistance to teachers and other victims. Education International's affiliate, Organizaçao Nacional dos Professores (ONP), has reported the recent murder of six teachers.
The terrorist attacks in northern Mozambique have increased in recent weeks, causing more than 2,000 deaths and massive displacements estimated at 350,000 people, as well as the destruction of housing and infrastructure. The terrorists responsible for the attacks, who are loyal to the Islamic State, come from within the country, but also from neighboring countries, elsewhere in Africa and from outside the continent.
The ONP said the violence displaced 74,149 students and 1,486 teachers, and 172 educational institutions were damaged or forced to close as a result of the attacks.
The leaders of the South African Development Community (SADC) recently held an emergency meeting, but no visible reaction to the uprising has been seen in the ground.
In the final paragraphs of its resolution, the Board of Directors has:
- Calls on the Mozambique government, the South African development community, the African Union and the international community to take urgent action to protect schools, educators and students from attack, in order to provide safety and support to the victims of this carnage.
- Expresses solidarity with the ONP, teachers, students and other violent people.
- Supports the provision of material support, including housing, food and clothing for displaced teachers and school supplies for students, and calls on affiliates to show solidarity with the ONP.