On 17 February, Equal Education (EE) held its first picket of the year. Learners gathered outside Parliament as the light faded to highlight the education crisis in the Eastern Cape. It was inspiring to see EE’s members demonstrating so strongly again. With help from Cape Town High School, who lent us desks and chairs, a make shift classroom was set up under the trees to symbolise what so many learners in the Eastern Cape have to tolerate daily. Photos showing the conditions in the province were tied to the fence. The ‘class’ was addressed by speakers, including EE’s young leaders, Nokubonga Ralayo and Pharie Sefali, who were the MCs for the event. Both gave stirring speeches about what is happening in the province.