Fleeing from drought or violence leaves children with a legacy that doesn’t always make them good students, says Kaissa.
“They are not used to rules,” he says. “They come to school today, but maybe they don’t come tomorrow.” To prove his point, only the most serious students attended school on the first day of term. It would take the rest of the week for the others to take their place in class.
[TRIPOLI, Libya] Boys and girls chanted slogans against Moammar Gadhafi and teachers hanged an effigy of the fugitive leader Saturday as many Libyan children started their first school year without the “brother leader” dictating the curriculum.
Euphoria filled the halls, but teachers admitted a lot needed to be done to overhaul an educational system where a main goal for nearly 42 years was to instill adoration of Gadhafi and what he touted as the greatest system of rule in the world — the “Jamahiriya,” a utopian “rule by the masses” that in reality boiled down to rule by Gadhafi.
[PESHAWAR, Pakistan] Taliban ambushed a Pakistani school bus on Tuesday, killing four boys and the driver in a hail of bullets and rocket fire on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.
The children studied at an elite English-language school of a type reviled by hardline Islamist militants who oppose what they see as Western-imported, secular education.
Two seven-year-old girls on the bus were also wounded, officials said.
“[BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA] B.C. teachers have given 72-hour strike notice for Sept. 6 – the first day of school. Forty-one thousand teachers will abandon administrative duties like filling out report cards, supervising playgrounds or meeting with principals – unless an agreement is reached with the province.”—B.C. teachers give strike notice - British Columbia - CBC News