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Jakarta Post

'Traumatized' teachers learn on managing classes

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 29 2008   /  10:56 am

Teachers from Pangandaran, West Java, make brochures about the town's tourism sites on Thursday, as part of a five-day training course. Pangandaran was hit by tsunami in July 2006. (JP/Erwinda Maulia) Tears rolled down elementary school teacher Herawati Ahmad's wrinkled cheeks as she told the story of her ill-fated young pupils in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami. Her voice trembled as she shared her experience of loosing hundreds of students all at once. "Out of the school's 285 students, only 15 came back to school a month after the deadly disaster," said the woman. "At the time, we told the 15 students, if they found their friends at any of the refugee camps, to inform them school had started again," Herawati, 52, recalled. "I live in a neighborhood unaffected by the tsunami, but my students," she paused, "many of them lost ev...