August 19, 2016

What makes our children distance themselves from school

It is undeniable that chronic racial conflicts and smouldering communal violence have dragged down the standard of our country’s education to a lower level, resulting in a profoundly negative impact on all aspects of social development. In other words, armed conflicts in border areas have triggered internal displacement, cross-border displacement and mass migration, all of which account for instability and insecurity.
It is widely accepted that education is the lifeblood of the country’s development in areas of good governance, clean government, health, economy, security, stability and gender equality. This highlights that education enables people to enhance their potential and talent and take part in nation building.
It is encouraging to witness that the government is committed to easy access to free and compulsory basic education to all children. Despite this, the number of children who are destined to distance themselves from education is not negligible. Free education does not guarantee that all children will come to school in their happy mood. Children from the working class are still trapped in cafes and construction sites, emotionally gazing at other children of their ages going to school with their parents.
A few days ago, I was moved by a cartoon in which a little boy says, “Before you put the future responsibility of the country on us, feed us first”. Judging from these words, no child will be able to take interest in education on an empty stomach. Something should be done for the children of the destitute.
An informed decision to keep all children at school is a stitch in time in the inclusive reform of the country’s educational system.


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