Open our Eyes in Afghanistan –from Kathy Kelly’s newsletter

People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County

Kathy Kelly, who was PPJ’s fall speaker, sends out a newsletter periodically from her organization Voices for Creative Nonviolence.  The following excerpt from an article by Hakim (Afghan Peace Volunteers) caught my eye. –Josie

Open Our Eyes in Afghanistan by Hakim*

Even from kindergarten, my ‘inner’ eye was being blinded to alternative ways of learning other than a test-based approach. Unconsciously, I was motivated to believe, “This is education – reading and writing the English and Chinese alphabet well enough to be some ‘meritocratic’ top student.”

Many decades later, during a three-month peace workshop at Bamiyan University, the student participants identified illiteracy as one of the main reasons for the chronic wars in Afghanistan. My awareness had revolutionized, so I disagreed and offered, “The unlettered Afghan shepherd is usually enraptured by care for his sheep. He does not sit on councils to pen justifications for expending blood and money…

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