Reopening of schools awake hope in Maoists infested West Bengal
Schools, which were closed for several years due to the Maoist-threat in West Bengal, have once again opened - rekindling hopes in young students. Since 2010 several schools in West Midnapur district were closed - fearing Maoists attacks. Now that the situation has somewhat improved, children and teachers alike, are attending schools and classes in the district.
ONE SCHOOL among a list of them is Kolshibang Deshbandhu High school near Lalgargh, which was recently opened. Bhudeb Mahato, a teacher of the school, told ANI, “The teachers and the beloved children suffered much due to the movement of the leftists also called Maoists under the leadership of Kishenji. Students saw a huge number of guns and mines and people were killed indiscriminately on the roads. We could not run the school properly and the students could not attend the classes due to extreme fear. Now, the situation is better, and the children attend the school regularly.”
The re-opening of the schools is acting as a ray of hope for the students in the area. Suraj Mahato, student of the same school, who wants to become a doctor said, “I want to become a doctor when I grow up. I have a lot of friends who want to either became a teacher or engineer. We want the school to run a course In spoken English and Hindi. I want to do higher studies.
The fact that schools are re-opening, will encourage and empower the youth in the Maoist-infested regions, and even them to come out of the trap of extremism. Availability of schooling is likely to empower youth, who had mostly quit their school out of fear of violence in the region.