"Future Of Kashmiri Students"
By Sikandar Bhat
Here in our Kashmir no one will become a doctor, no one will become a teacher, no one will become a pilot, no one will become an engineer and no one will become a lawyer but all will become a labour at length. So, abandon your dreams from your mind. Why is this happening to us because we have been locked in our quarters and daggers were plunk on our lips on our neck due to day to day Lockdown and due to day to day strikes. Always in every year we are facing these problems. Sometimes due to stone pelting, sometimes due to new elections, sometimes due to wrong ministry, sometimes due to encounters and sometimes due to coronovirus. Yesterday, When I heard from my friend that Kashmir University collected Assignment of our subjects and last date has gone then I was surprised and I get lugubrious that when they issued the notice about collecting assignment on 2G Internet Speed and sometimes no network on phones in Kashmir. Now, I only say they are there fully abstracted, selfish, silly and scoundrel. Who issued notice before no network no internet in Kashmir. Think and reflect it is the time nowadays in Kashmir where Internet is working on 0 Speed. On the other hand, Newspaper where we take it, where we read it and where we peer it. It is the government of absurd Ministers who always make excuses and spread violation in Kashmir by Voting and by Killing. We have locked like animals in our homes our lips are sealed, our hands are locked and our eyes are covered with bandag. Government deprived us from our education from our life from our future and there is no one who speak out against us. The impact of conflict on school education is often overlooked. Education in such times can be a sustainable tool for achieving post conflict peace and providing stability and normalcy to the region. It is also a means of instilling hope and positivity as well as offering opportunity to the youth who are surrounded by violence. One of the major challenges of education in situation of conflict is the discontinuities it creates. These impact students’ academic performance as well as their Psyco–social developments. Breaks in education faced by the children of Kashmir are unpredictable, surrounded by fear, trauma and lack of stimulating activity. There is a high academic cost students pay due to long periods of closure. Even in the context of non-conflict, studies show that there is a decline in achievement scores (particularly in reading and math) on returning to the classroom after a long break. Breaks in education faced by the children of Kashmir are unpredictable, surrounded by fear, trauma and lack of stimulating activity. All these factors are severely detrimental for learning and development and is unsettling for students, making it tougher to reorient themselves in regular school routine. Learning is not just a function of information gathering, it is reliant on many factors such as parent’s education, environmental stimulation, nutrition and peers amongst others. Children are not empty containers that can be filled with information; they are inquisitive, meaning-making individuals who learn through the process of interacting with their environment rather than ‘remedial classes’.Given the financial constraint, these children are at a disadvantage as they are unable to divert resources towards additional learning opportunities. Education needs to be holistic development of the child that goes beyond basic literacy. In an environment of conflict even the goal of basic literacy for all cannot be met. Studies on students’ achievement decline over long summer breaks clearly reveal socio–economic disparity. Students from traditionally disadvantaged sections of society perform much worse compared to students from higher socio – economic strata. Given the financial constraint, these children are at a disadvantage as they are unable to divert resources towards additional learning opportunities. They also do not have human capital support in form of educated parents, siblings or other family members, to assist them in their learning journey. Tuitions is a way of keeping up with peers but for the poor opportunity costs of attending tuitions is prohibitive. Since the socio-political situation of Kashmir valley is extremely volatile, it is imperative that the government devise creative and innovative solutions for ensuring no child is left behind. These solutions, however, would need to be adaptable to the deep uncertainties and constantly changing dynamics in the region. These solutions could include a combination of formal and non-formal methods of teaching; partnering with NGOs to reach local communities; mitigating the risk of long distance travel by assigning teachers from within the localities to conduct classes in their neighborhood; and/or creating satellite schools within walking distance from home. If the children of Kashmir are to have access to continuous education, creativity and flexibility are essential. This requires logistical and financial support, innovative ideas, training of teachers and most importantly, context sensitivity. It is important to reiterate that education matters and its effective use can break the legacy of violence and mistrust. Discontinuities in education are inimical to psycho–social, emotional and cognitive development and literacy of the child. As we struggle to meet the millennium development goals in education, the impact of conflict on education and learning should be of urgent concern. We need to find ways to give our children a safe and secure learning environment in every situation especially during times of conflict.
"Feeling lugubrious and is too disappointed with their government and politics as they are not trying to facilitate us in our education. They deprived us from our education and trying us to mislead"
By Sikandar Bhat