01 Asking trees questions we don't ask one another

Asking trees questions we don’t ask one another

 

On the 1st and 2nd of April 2017, the Afghan Peace Volunteers planted 90 evergreen trees and 180 poplar trees in two government schools, including in a girls school compound that had no buildings, only open air and tent classrooms. Since there are few concrete answers and solutions to our global questions regarding unthinking market-driven education systems, I decided to ask the trees.

 

Why are Afghan trees going to school?

 02 Planting in an open air school

Planting in an open air school

 

Why are you, an Afghan tree sapling, going to school,

when there really is no school,

no teachers,

no lessons even if there were teachers,

no learning even if there were lessons?

 

What economic value are you,

since that’s the motivation injected into parents

who send their children

away from their war-driven poverty and joblessness

to an education system that pretends to test a child’s abilities?

Why give shade to the memorization of information

that has no relevance to life

nor questions to resist the nepotism or corruption of money?

Why provide oxygen to war,

only to be razed to the ground by its operators?

The trees spoke powerfully without speaking,

standing firm, taking root,

“We are life,

despite your deceptions,

and your morbidities.”

 

 

 03 Young girls skipping rope and finding shade from the sun

Young girls skipping rope and finding shade from the sun

 04 Classrooms with no teachers

Classrooms with no teachers

05 Lessons with no learning 

Lessons with no learning

 06 Watering newly planted trees

Watering newly planted trees

 07 The Afghan Peace Volunteers plant trees in two schools

The Afghan Peace Volunteers plant trees in two schools

 08 Sending trees to schools

Sending trees to schools

 09 Afghan parents sending their children to school

Behind the Afghan Peace Volunteers were the school students were had just finished their school day.

It is good that parents are sending their children to school, but what for?

 10 Drawing which says A Tree is a Body of Education

Drawing which says ‘A Tree is a Body of Education’

 11 Trees give life despite our deceptions and morbidities

Trees give life despite our deceptions and morbidities

 12 Planting trees today may be better than going to school

Planting trees today may be better than going to school

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