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Students in Togo march to support their teachers

Thursday - 4/11/2013, 9:01am  ET

BLAME EKOUE
Associated Press

LOME, Togo (AP) -- Over 20,000 school children from primary, secondary and high schools marched on Thursday in the capital of Togo in support of teachers who are on strike to seek better working conditions.

"Education is the key to development," said one of the placards held by the students, who marched toward government offices in Lome, capital of the West African nation.

"I want the government to understand that teachers are playing a key role in the development of our country. So they deserve better working conditions," said Tengue Ahoefa, a student.

On Wednesday, Togolese trade unions started a three-day protest. The unions are under the umbrella of the "Togolese Workers Synergy" or " Synergie des Travailleurs Togolais."

Last week, hundreds of medical workers in the main central hospital of Lom
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