By Michael Patrick, Ph.D.
To my American friends,
If you find an educator trying to muster the raw courage to reopen schools and return to face-to-face teaching, send them this story. Meet the blind nine-year-old teacher in war-torn Yemen.
Perhaps we need more people like Ahmed to get our schools up and flying again. Ahmed leads lessons each day in the ruins of a school near to front line fighting between the government and Houthi rebels.
“Ahmed, a nine-year-old boy who has been blind since birth, steps in to take classes when the teachers can’t make it.
One in every five Yemeni schools is out of use, according to the United Nations agency Unicef, but at this one, teachers chose to open it despite the damage, so that education could continue.” —BBC Dispatch