How do You Tell a Country?

By Clara Villaman Pastrano

How do you tell a country that they want us illiterate?

How do you tell a country that higher education is the base of a society?

How do you tell a country that we have rights, but the only way to have access to them, is through good education?

And how do you tell a country that they can fight for those rights, and that they can actually demand new ones; but they need education for it?

How do you tell a country that in a society without education, the rich stay rich, and the poor stay poor?

How do you tell a country that we are stronger than them; that a united society is more powerful than their corrupt government?

How do you tell a country that students fighting for their right of education is not a threat to society, but is the purest way to show that we love our country, and that we actually want it to grow?

How do you tell a country that we will always know just what they want us to know, unless we educate ourselves?

How do you tell a country that talking without knowing it’s exactly what they want?

And how do tell a country that not knowing the actual facts is what gives them power?

How do you tell a country that managing a country of illiterate people is easier than managing a country of 20 educated people?

How do you tell a country that students fighting for their education, is actually students fighting for their country?

How do you tell a country that the enemies are up there and not down here?

How do you tell a country that not having an education put us in disadvantage?

How do you tell a country that the difference between students and the government, is that only the students are the ones who actually care about the wellbeing of the citizens?

How do you make a country understand the importance of education, if is not with education itself?

– Clara Villamán Pastrano (©️2017)

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