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?
Planting in an open air school
Why are you, an Afghan tree sapling, going to school,
when there really is no school,
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.”
Young girls skipping rope and finding shade from the sun
Classrooms with no teachers
Lessons with no learning
Watering newly planted trees
The Afghan Peace Volunteers plant trees in two schools
Sending trees to schools
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?
Drawing which says ‘A Tree is a Body of Education’
Trees give life despite our deceptions and morbidities
Planting trees today may be better than going to school