Classes in time of Clashes: Valley sees Curfew Schools
With no signs of improvement in the situation of Kashmir, community schools are the only hope for students, The little souls don’t get to meet their friends at school which makes difficult for them to live. They miss their friends the most since the schools have been closed.
But there are angels who are trying their best to complete the emptiness in their lives and make them re-live the school life in the newly set up community schools.
10-year-old Adeeba of Kumar Mohalla in Zainakote-Srinagar had not found some new friends in the newly set up community school in her locality, it would have been difficult for her to live without her school friends for weeks together.
Her school is away from her locality and has not opened for weeks.
“I had my best friends in my school whose company I used to enjoy, but I have not seen them since Eid,” she said.
“At my new school (community school), I have some new friends now,” Adeeba said though she struggled to explain what it means to her.
While the youthful teachers prove to a blessing for the children. There are many more such treasures who have set up to teach the local children.
The community school in Kumar Mohalla and another in Dar Mohalla in Zainakote-Srinagar are functional for the past one month thanks to the efforts of local youth.
In both schools, some 14 volunteers teach over 200 students from the primary classes to secondary level from 9 am to 1:15 pm.
When curfew continued for over four weeks and there were no signs of the situation getting any better, Sajjad Ahmad Sofi, a young businessman, thought he and his friends should set up a makeshift school in their locality of about 2,000 families.
“I consulted some 14 well educated youths of the locality who I knew closely and asked them if they could help. They liked the idea and came forward quite enthusiastically,” Sofi said.
The community school was started by them keeping in mind about the poor students who cannot afford private tutions.
“Students from well off families were not much affected since their parents managed private tuitions for them. The poorer students had nothing to fall back upon. That is why I was so keen on starting the community school but not only poor students, but students from affluent families have enrolled in the community school,” he said.
The parents of the societies are relived about the fact that their children are not suffering because of the riots.
“The prevailing crisis presented an opportunity to help the poor students whom they intend to continue teaching even when the circumstances become normal.” The Three volunteer teachers, said — Mohammad Maqbool, Rashid Ahmad and Aaqib Ahmad.
“We are planning to keep helping the poor students by not only teaching them, but also providing them books and fulfilling their other requirements for education,” they said.
“I think we have made a good beginning in that direction and we only need to take it forward,” Rashid said.