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Teachers March for Peace

10/05/05

Permalink 11:22:17 pm, by Melba
Categories: Education

Teachers March for Peace

Today the teachers from Trench Town and Charlie Smith High Schools finally had their march to protests against the violence in their community Arnett Gardens, South St. Andrew. The march which was originally planned for Monday October 3, 2005 had to be cancelled as the teachers had failed to secure a permit at the time. The teachers did however walk through the streets of Arnett Gardens without placards on Monday. No classes were conducted on Monday or Tuesday however classes were kept today.

Follow up:

The teachers determined to be heard took to the streets legally today Wednesday October 05, 2005 after classes escorted by members of the force. Along side them there were many of the students from both school. Reports are that there were gunshots heard at the outset but the presence of the security force prevented any development. This did not deter the teachers neither did the rain. They marched with placards in one hand and umbrellas in the other ending with prayers in front of Charlie Smith High School.
The teachers believe they have made a start in the struggle to curb the violence in their community. They have now handed the baton to the police and the government to continue the fight.
Many were not in favour of the march planned by the teachers as they felt that the gunmen would use the opportunity to create more havoc. Fortunately that did not happen.
It is also felt that in the case of the child who was raped, persons saw and know who the guilty is. These gunmen need to be exposed. The police needs the people of the communities to talk.
Fear is an evil thing. Where will it end? In the mean time more innocent continue to suffer and some die. They say education is the answer to poverty. We need to find a way to equip all our children for the sake of our continued nation.
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