Srinagar: After staying back at home for more than four months, school-going children on Saturday had the opportunity to meet their classmates and friends again—thanks to a full day relaxation in the protest calendar announced by the Geelani-led joint resistance group that spearheads the uprising since the killing of Burhan Wani on April 8.
Children were seen waiting at the bus stops while some preferred walk the distances towards their respective schools, despite prevailing cold weather conditions in Kashmir. “The joy of joining school after such a long break was clearly visible during morning assemblies,” said a private school teacher.
Students in their winter uniforms looked jubilant and relaxed. “I could feel the delight on the face of my daughter when she learnt she was going to school on Saturday,” said mother of 8-year-old Irtika, who lives in Srinagar.
“It was really emotional to see the way these kids greeted each other after having no contact with each other for such a long time,” said Sheraz, a teacher at a private school in Pampore.