In Benghazi today or Jaffna then, the teachers kept on teaching despite the shelling!

The BBC reported this today on a school reopening in Beghazi and I was reminded of what the Jaffna teacher said …

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The Resilience Series: in the voice of Mr Somanathan, a teacher in Jaffna

“Living without kerosene was awful”. The Vice-Chancellor of the Jaffna University cycled from Point Pedro daily as proof of his independence and in solidarity with the ordinary Jaffna man, teacher-colleague and student. [Read more…]

The Resilience Series : The teacher kept on teaching

 

On the A9 to Jaffna, windscreens are endorsed with a sign that a traveller donated to a Hindu shrine

ORAL HISTORY :  Listen to the voice of Mr Somanathan, a teacher in Jaffna.

These three videos take us through the life of a teacher who kept on teaching amidst war and embargoes. They are a blend of images of Jaffna soil, water, kovil and library and have no people featured as it is the voice of Mr Somanathan that tells us the story.

During the protracted or long conflict between the LTTE and GoSL, the students and teachers and examiners, university vice chancellors and parents went through a terrible survival battle on a daily basis on school turf and on the way to school, back from school, studying by the light of a jam-jar lamp, running to bunkers in the schoolyard while some took that decision not to return home after school one day.

How the students kept on studying and the teachers kept on teaching is a phenomenon worth documenting for the people’s history gently told.  [Read more…]