Kumba : Why blood in our classroms ?

Cries of children against war in NOSO and respect for children's rights to education around the world

By Tchakounte Kemayou
3 Minutes

 Education is a fundamental human right and essential for all other human rights even in Cameroon. It is a human right recognized by the United Nations. It includes the entire compulsion to eliminate inequity at all levels in the educational and social systems. Nowadays, education is emerging as one of the top priorities for a nation to succeed and reach a high economic and social development. For years now, many financially stable individuals have been privileged to exercise their right to be educated, also, politically stable countries have made of the education of their people an asset to welfare and a weapon against any form of suffering ; how come did the way to our schools got paved with thorns ?

Myself during the national mourning in my school on October 31, 2020 in honor of the children who died in Kumba. Copyright : Nzokou Landry Dario
Myself during the national mourning in my school on October 31, 2020 in honor of the children who died in Kumba. Copyright : Nzokou Landry Dario

Many factors have hindered people’s expectations and opportunities of getting the proper education they deserve, whereas it is a human right. Education has been globally accepted as a fundamental right for all children and should be available without restrictions be it in time of peace or war. It is the responsibility of governments to ensure quality education to all. However, in the current context of the NOSO armed conflict, innocent children suffer the most and their universal right to education is becoming increasingly jeopardized (even though) any crisis will always leave its impact on education in one way or another.

                 Today, sadly, we can all see innocent children watching their rights being baffled because of these conflicts. I remember being forced to run away  from GBHS Bamenda to GBHS Foumbot in 2017, my parents thought the war was just temporal, three years later I’m in GBHS Bamendjou still in search for that better future that only peace and education guarantee. KUMBA, a word that sounds deafening as the gunshots from which I ran few years back.  I can’t stop questioning myself and wondering how we got there…

  1. What is the purpose of this devastating war ?
  2.  Who benefits from the fight ?
  3. Do the killing of little children make the fight more legitimate ?
  4.  What is blood doing in our classrooms ?...

                 I stand in solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones and the wounded survivors, without forgetting those whose lives have been changed by acts of violence. Tribute for their courage, resilience and fortitude. May our cries for justice be heard. If only our tears could wash that bloody path to school. We cannot undo the damage done but we can defend human right and dignity for the right to education must be respected.

                 As a vital human right, every individual irrespective of race, gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religious or political preference, is entitled to a free and elementary education. Jennifer, Victory, Princess, Telma, Rema, Syndi, Franscica and all silent victims of this war may you find peace. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights so stop killing our schools, stop the war, no more blood in our schools; Nelson Mandela said education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.


  • By : Nzowa Fogoum Terence Junior
  • Class : Terminal D
  • School : G.B.H.S Bamendjou
  • City : Bamendjou
  • Sponsor : Tchakounte Kemayou
  • His Phone number : +237 699819251
Children
Kumba
War
School
Human Right