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School closure in Palestine

I recently came across a tweet that said "In Palestine, the minister of education ended the school year because ALL of his students were MURDERED."

I also read that schools were to be shuttered in the Gaza Strip in anticipation of further violence.
























There is a genocide that is going on at this point in the world. We feel utterly lost for words for all the children and people who are suffering in these brutally tough times. Schools are a place for education and they are safe spaces. If a child is a sole "survivor" in his entire school, imagine the horror that he/she has to go through, having found out that all their peers were murdered. If the conflict ends, could the child ever go back to school? The "survivor" children would be laden with psychological problems and they could never be truly integrated back into the society. By attacking children, you are murdering the youth, meaning that all spaces occupied by the youth such as schools then shut down. All the "survivor" children, even years after ceasefire could never have that feeling of "normalcy." Linking this to APS attack, even after the event passed, children and parents both were terrified of sending their children back to school. The children themselves felt scared, nervous and threatened. I remember going to school and seeing all these people from the army who were holding and pointing guns and it made school a danger zone for me. For other people, some parents might have never sent their children back to school. These attacks then hinder your education as well.


Think about also, the parents who themselves are teachers and then their children are students, closing schools would mean a psychological impact on both the parents and the children. It really boils down to how both are dependent on each other but both have faced trauma which renders one incapable of truly providing support to the other.

Children are dying. Even after the ceasefire, there will be no children left to go back to schools or perhaps it will take time for society to function as normal. As for us, sitting in our homes, reading such a tweet, makes us think about this situation. I remember my school was one of those which had received a death threat during the time when APS attack happened. It comes down to the question of whether you would sacrifice on your education or your mental health to take a risk. What is happening right now is truly devastating. I cannot even imagine what parents must be going through. Speaking generally, after the ceasefires, are countries able to give proper psychological care to both the students and teachers? What would be the steps taken for proper reintegration?


Apart from this, I also came across an article which said "Israel’s Minister of Education, Yifat Shasha Biton, decided on Thursday to cancel the permanent operating licenses of the schools after finding alleged “dangerous incitement” in Palestinian curriculum textbooks, according to the Israeli newspaper Maariv. "The foreign ministry said the closures took place on “inconsistent” grounds adding that it was part of a project to erase Palestinian heritage from Jerusalem." As a child, If your school gets shut down based on your curriculum, it would obviously instil in you the thought that the curriculum was faulty even when it is not. This also reminds me of how teachers are in a dilemma then, what do they believe in and what do they teach? When you do not let students study their own culture and heritage in a proper way or not at all, they will grow up not knowing a lot of things. What do you guys think about this?




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Thank you for writing about this Marwah. I can’t imagine the effects of survivor’s guilt on the students who manage to live through conflict and catastrophe, or the responsibility it places on their shoulders to carry on for a community that is being wiped out. Education is supposed to liberate, I can’t imagine what it would like for your institute to become the very center of your trauma. The burden of education placed on the shoulders of the educators in places where the very curricula they teach is challenged, and the impact that this has on their authority is also worth exploring as you have stated. I wonder through, in places such as Gaza right now where survival is not…

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You raise a very good question, I wonder the same, because even after this ends, if it ends, I cannot imagine reintegration into the communities, schools or a normal life. The situation is indeed a dire one.

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This is such a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking reflection on the devastating impact of conflicts on education, especially for children. The mention of the closure of schools in Palestine and the potential psychological trauma for the "survivor" children is truly gut-wrenching- the idea that even after a ceasefire the scars on the education system and the mental health of both students and teachers persist is a harsh reality.

The connection you drew to the APS attack and the fear instilled in students resonates deeply and highlighting the lasting impact of such traumatic events on the educational environment. It's alarming to consider the challenges of reintegration after ceasefires and whether adequate psychological support is provided for both students and teachers. I remember…


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You're totally right! It is terrifying to think of the position Palestinian children are in these days, in fact the position they have been in for decades now. Living through a genocide will most definitely take a toll on them, in fact for a long time the whole society will not be able to recover. Even when they do, as you pointed out, without the proper psychological help, it will be very difficult to live life normally. This makes the lack of therapists and psychologists available in schools, not only in places of war like Palestine but all over the world, absolutely appalling to me. I don't think the students from the APS attacks ever got proper psychological help after…

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I remember watching a clip of a group of young Palestinian boys playing football in their "neighborhood," or more accurately, in the rubble of their own destroyed homes. The journalist asked them what they would wish for had Israel not caused the havoc that it has.

Seeing how they all started smiling with teary eyes on hearing the question was heartbreaking. It just shows their conflicted emotions and how hard it is for them to process such trauma at a very young age.


"I wanted to become a doctor!". "I would have played professional football". "Me? I would have gone to a university". "But, I just wanted to go to school with my younger brother; he would have started school…


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Thank you for bringing out these sentiments, one cannot even begin to imagine the psychological trauma that they must be going through.

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25020004 Fatima Saeed
25020004 Fatima Saeed
2023年11月27日

Witnessing genocide on social media while the world is unbothered can not be explained in words. This highlights two significant points,

- The hypocrisy of the Western media and world

- The disregard these first-world countries have for the global South

The impact of this on education, especially for children, is devastating. Closed schools due to violence or political reasons leave deep psychological scars on students and teachers. Shutting schools over curriculum disagreements denies children their cultural heritage and understanding. Post-conflict, prioritizing psychological care and unbiased education is crucial for healing and reintegration. I saw documentaries of some of the Palestinian children who are unable to attend schools due to these ongoing attacks; there is nothing more heartbreaking. Moreover, their…

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Certainly, there is a general disregard for the people of the global South, and there is so much internal workings of different power structures, it is absolutely devastating to witness this.

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