Upper Nikoz Village is located in the north-central part of Georgia, just over 800 meters from the Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, where the Georgian military conflict occurred. After South Ossetia declared its independence, the Tskhinvali area was stationed by the Russian border guards. Although there are only 340 households in the village of Upper Nikoz, it is already a medium-sized village in Georgia. Since the conflict between Georgia and Russia, the only source of school in the village has been significantly reduced.
Principal Tamas said that this is because after the conflict, some people in the village moved their families to live elsewhere, and on the other hand, the birth rate in the village was reduced.
Late autumn, the classroom was very cold. The government allocates funds to the school according to the number of students. Each student has only a few dozens of Larry. The monthly income of teachers is 120-350 lari (1 lari is about 4 yuan). The school is very tight, so there is no money to use natural gas. Heating, only firewood, there is no electric light in the classroom.
Despite the difficult conditions, the school’s teaching order is well organized and the children are very serious in class. In the 7th grade, the German class is started, and the 10th grade begins Russian classes. There are also biology classes, history classes, music lessons, art classes, and so on. In the lower grades, children also have a variety of manual classes.
The children of the school heard the sound of guns in the past years of conflict. The familiar life in their eyes has changed: there have been several craters in the flat playground, the windows of the teaching building have been broken, some houses in the village have been damaged in the conflict, and some elderly people in the conflict are in conflict. Died. Principal Tamas said that when the conflict was just out of date, many children experienced emotional fluctuations more or less, some showed anxiety and some were silent. Therefore, school teachers regard psychological counseling for children as an important task, and mobilize their optimistic and upward emotions in various ways.
When the class is resumed after the conflict, the teachers take 5 to 10 minutes from each lesson to tell the children stories about peace. In order to make the children gradually come out of the psychological shadow, the teachers also talked with the children in their spare time and outside the school. In addition, the teachers used the methods of telling stories and playing games to mobilize the children’s optimism. The school also added classes for music lessons and physical education classes. UNICEF and some non-profit organizations also funded the construction of slides, swings and computer classrooms for schools, and sent books, notebooks, school bags, etc. to children. Now the children in the school have gradually emerged from the shadow of military conflict.
Today, the situation in the junction of Tskhinvali and Grenada is still unstable, and the sound of guns coming from there is often heard in the village. Whenever he heard the sound of a gun, Roland, 10 years old, often used his teeth to bite the pencil. At this time, the mother had to comfort him to say that this was the training of the troops, or the thunder before the rain. Despite the comfort of her mother, Roland was often awakened by nightmares, or dreamed of being separated from the father of the border police, or dreaming that no friends would play with him. It is gratifying that the children are still eager for a peaceful and peaceful life, and their hearts are still burning with dreams. Tuckerley in the 10th grade said she grew up wanting to be a pediatrician and treat the unfortunate children free of charge. Roland’s biggest hobby is painting. His dream is to be a painter. He always carries a notebook with him, and the pages and pages of the church, the fruit trees, and the children play. On the title page of the notebook, Roland wrote a line of bold words with a thick black brush: “Don’t let me hear the gunshots again.”