The Ethiopian Teachers Association- for teachers’, for student rights, against all ethnic chauvinism, and for workers solidarity in Africa and the World!
The Ethiopian Teachers Association (ETA) is the legitimate representative of teachers in Ethiopia. It is one of the largest unions in Africa, with over 150,000 members, in addition to supporting the rights and needs of teachers, the ETA has defended the rights of students and the demands for quality education, and has played an important role in opposing all forms of ethnic chauvinism and discrimination.
The Ethiopian Teachers Association has resisted all attempts by the Meles government to destroy it and set up, instead, separate teachers unions for each of the different ethnic groups in Ethiopia. For this reason, the union was attacked, its leaders jailed, (the president was jailed for six years), and the office was raided and taken over by the government.
The Ethiopia Teachers Associations will not give in the kind of ethnic chauvinism, discrimination, and segregation that can lead to the worst kinds of wars, such as the ones in Rwanda and elsewhere. While all the problems of ethnic competition have not been solved in Ethiopia, it is exactly the work of organizations like the ETA that can bring about a unified, peaceful society while working for better education for all.
Right now, it is difficult for the Ethiopian Teachers Associations to operate the way that it used to operate, but the ETA continues, and will continue to organize. We have representatives here at the FSM-World Social Forum in Dakar 2011 to rebuild old connections and make new connections with labor and human rights activists from all over Africa and all over the World. The day will come when the Ethiopian Teachers Association will regain its rightful place as representative of teachers and students of Ethiopia, working for a society free from all ethnic chauvinism and discrimination.
To help to prepare for that day, and build unity of teachers and of all workers across Africa and Across the World, the Ethiopian Teachers Association encourages potential friends and allies to communicate with us and help build the ties that can create a better Africa and a better World for all. You can contact us the Ethiopian Teachers Association at