Studies in Genre (Winter 2016)
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I think Emmanuel Jal is right by saying that education is key for the country's development. Firstly, through education, children develop a variety of skills that may help them develop a profession in their future, which will therefore help the country's development. Secondly, through education, children learn critical thinking, which helps them have their own opinion without being wrongly influenced by others. This will help the nation develop since people won't make irrational decisions because of their lack of knowledge.
Based on Emmanuel Jal's take on why music and education are important in life, and your own opinion about the subject, list the similarities and differences between both thoughts and explain them.
Your childhood is crucial period in your life. During this period, you are learning and making sense of the world around more and more every day. If, as a child, you are surround by brutal violence, it becomes the norm. As Emmanuel said, he saw people die right in front of his eyes and did not even cry. This violence, in a sense, becomes a part of you. Children exposed to violence can learn to express their emotions in that same form of aggression and they can easily be brain washed into thinking the same violent thoughts that their elders have. These repercussions will surely have a negative influence on that person later on in their adulthood. They may unfortunately live their entire lives in a violent manner, or perhaps with the help of education, some day come to the realization that life is not suppose to be lived this way, and that violence is never the answer.
In my opinion, I do not think that it is possible for someone who has been subject to such terrible events to stop resenting and feeling angry towards those he thinks are the perpetrators of these wars. The only way I see for him to get around these negative feelings is to understand that not every person in the religion or in the nation of the perpetrators are evil and that hatred and anger cannot solve problems and would only add oil to the fire.
Emmanuel Jal mentions that as a war child, he resented Muslims. In your opinion, how an individual who has experienced a traumatic past can remove hatred and anger from his/her heart?
I think the motivation behind taking on such a big responsibility stems from wanting to make sure that these kids have a chance of living a better life that doesn't revolve around hatred, violence and war.
I strongly believe that Emmanuel Jal is right because education is known to be the key to create a sustainable society. In order for Sudan to be self-sufficient, they must first learn how life works and how to deal with the daily problems. The undeveloped countries will never be able to over come the violence surrounding them if they do not have tools to do so. In this case, education is what will provide them tools and knowledge on how they should behave and act in order to become a peaceful society. It is surely not an easy task but it is possible. From this perspective, I believe that providing Sudanese with education will empower them and ensure them a brighter future, but with an empty stomach it is hard to learn and stay concentrated. With this in mind, I believe that providing them food must precede the access to education.
Emmanuel Jal is right about educating the Sudanese people. First of, it is known that education is the key to empower a country in terms of development. With education, the future generations will allow a better future for the country as they will have a better knowledge in the field of technology and many other fields of study. Also, in case of disasters, the Sudanese population will have a better knowledge on how to deal with the consequences the disaters bring.
In my opinion, I do agree with the Emmanuel's view on music which is that it can change your perception of your surrounding and can help up though rough times. When I listen to music, it transports me to another world according to the atmosphere of song. Thus, it is easy for me to comprehend that an individual going through rough times turns towards music to make them forget or get through this difficult time in their life. Music is like a marriage, it is with you through the good and the worst.
Personally, I think that Emmanuel Jal is absolutely right when he claims that Education is a much better alternative to promoting Sudan's development than doing things for them. I think that education will empower future generations as they will learn to be self-sustaining. I think this is a true way to help a nation rather than giving it directly what it needs. This is a long-term solution. On the other hand, I am not against the UN's intentions. I think that dropping supplies in certain situations, such as natural disasters or others could be very helpful. In this case, I think that Jal's message is a very important one.
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