The”Invisible Scars”of War on Education


It’s been a journey of pain and struggles. The things they have seen have left them scarred for life. Despite having nothing, the people of the North West and South West Regions are completely lovely, kindhearted,they will treat you like a king and offer you food if you visit them. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes good things happen to bad people and sometimes bad things happen to good people. Some of these instances that occur leave permanent scars. The prolonged crisis and exposure to violence and stress, has multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members. The severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the young people of the North West and South West regions with lasting scars on Education.

How do we “deschool” longstanding crisis of symbolic violence in education and the scars they have left on students and communities.

images6The damage and invisible scars of wars are very difficult to heal, because memories are imprinted on our minds and hearts and it takes time to be restored. Imprints of past traumas do not mean persons cannot change their future beliefs and behaviors. as people, we do not easily forget. However, as we heal, grieve, and let go, we become clear-minded and focused to live a restored, happier and healthier lifestyles. The invisible scars of wars refer to hurtful marks that can’t be seen but can be felt during war-times. Scars don’t always have to be physical. If you’re a right thinking people, you know that physical scars like burnt houses can be easily repaired and replaced. But a hidden scar as education is so difficult to fix over a space of time.

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

We all know the present suffering of those living in the crisis regions of the North West and South West. We all know what face education changes in the lives of the young people. Our decision act as catalyst that severely affects generations. We weave several webs of blames, anger, confusion, and guilt around the absence of the education  which slowly consumes our realities like a devouring heat. The deepest scars of the people we know are completely hidden from us.People who live through harrowing wartime experiences and survives against all odds. But the impact of such experience turns out to be lasting and devastating.

imagesj.pngYoung people who have undergone profound stress can lose the ability to connect emotionally to others and to themselves. Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise. The young people are lonely and need to go to school. Helping young people deal with fears and insecurity is not a luxury. Young people living in the crisis regions experience frequent nightmares and exhibiting reckless and aggressive behaviours. I spent a long time on Friday afternoon speaking to young people in groups. Finding out about their passions, what the wanted out of life. Young people are everywhere, all of them longing for a better life. Providing vital support to young people experiencing conflict and intense violence requires education.This includes youth-friendly spaces where young people can play and engage in recreational and sports activities. It also includes allowing teachers and school counselors to provide support and refer youth in need to more specialized physio- social care centers and hospitals.

“It is important to remember that all scars eventually heal. Everyone heals at a different rate, but the scars of preventing a generation from their rights to education shall forever be permanent.”ECW-Primary-Logo_rgb










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