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Read the Lords of Discipline...
If you have access to the INternet, I think AI and UNICEF would have the
information you are looking for. Unfortunately, USAID is another story.
YOu could try finding someone in DC to listen...
Date: 3/24/99 18:47
From: Peter Bertling <pbertlin@...>
I need help from anyone who can give it to me. Here's the deal. Our
school has been having a lot of problems in the past (like the last 20-30
years). There was a system put into place by a past director which was
intended to act as a way for younger students to receive help from the
older ones. Unfortuantely, what it has warped into is a facist
organization where the older kids terrorize the younger ones to bring them
into "the system." There have been several cases of child abuse in the
past including situations where one child was burt with cigarettes and
others were beaten because they failed to follow the rules created by the
older kids. In basic terms, they think they run the school and can do
whatever they like. The current director has made a lot of progress over
the past few years in curbing and stopping such incidents, but it's still a
problem. When we confront them about it, the older kids claim it to be
"tradition" and have very (superficially) good arguments about why they
shouldn't or can't change. We (the foreign staff) do what we can, but we're
only about 1/3 of the the total adult population, and we can only do so
much. The Turkish staff are too afraid of losing their jobs to do more
than a blind eye. What I need are things from the UN, Amnesty
International, or any other international organization about the rights of
children. We need to hit them hard with recognized information which shows
them that what they are doing is horribly wrong. It's been ok for most of
the year and we were hoping it was shaping up, but lately it's gotten worse
again. We want to hit them with everything we've got. We've given them
the basic ultimatum that we will leave if things don't change, but we also
need the internationally recognized morality to back us up. We're sick and
tired of this crap and we want it to end now!
Two other things, if anyone has access to them. Information on how USAID
choses who to give money to (our school has had four or five buildings
built by their funds, and they are NOT a needy case) and any information on
groups related to foreign teacher hiring so we can blacklist these bastards
if we need to. We'll probably do it anyway unless we see a drastic
increase in standards and behavior. Like I said, it's come to a head
recently. If anyone can help me out, please do so. It will mean a lot to
me and to a lot of good kids here. Thanks. Peace.
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