‘Now She Is Singing!’ Emergency Education in Theory and Practice

Author/Producer ESCalate
  • Fumiyo Kagawa (Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth)
  • David Selby (Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth)
Published in Issue 6 Autumn 2006: Taking Education Foward - ESCalate 2006/7
Date Published Autumn 2006


By Fumiyo Kagawa and Prof David Selby, Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth


As we approached Verbovc School, its red roof and white walls stood out brightly in the April sunshine against the matt browns and greens of the surrounding fields. To the visitor, Verbovc village appeared a pastoral idyll revealing nothing to the uninformed eye of the horrors of 1999 when irregular Kosovar Serb troops and units of the regular Serbian army swept through hill village after hill village within the almost exclusively ethnic Albanian Municipality of Drenas. They rounded up and massacred all but the older menfolk. Coming closer to the School we could see the new wire-fenced graveyard, brightly coloured artificial flowers on each grave, where the village men were buried. The perimeter of the graveyard ran against the edge of the school play area. ‘The children like to be close to their fathers,’ said one teacher before pointing out the wooded hilltop above the village where the massacre had taken place.