Category : EDITORIAL
In We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change, Paolo Freire, the revered Brazilian educator wrote: “The teacher is of course, an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Rather than moulding the student in a shape she sees fit, the ideal teacher allows the student to grow with gentle guidance – grow into themselves, develop previously unknown confidence, and especially, learn from doing. So, this issue of Aura is dedicated to the unsung teachers of our country. Last year, most discussions around teaching revolved around the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the shadow of the pandemic has left indelible marks on the already fragile educational ecosystem, we wished to take the conversation into new horizons and let teachers do what they do best – teach! So, the teachers of our issue have shared their ideas, tips, suggestions and guidelines for their colleagues and the future generations of teachers in this issue. We hope it will be a useful resource. Additionally, in these embittered times, the issue explores the idea of peace and communal harmony from different perspectives, ranging from the cost of war to the current dangers of our society. In a period of immense war-mongering and hyper-nationalist chest-thumping, the word peace itself seems to be under the threat of obsolescence. The failures of justice have added to it – particularly for marginalized communities, like the case of Bilkis Bano’s assailants who now walk free despite the truth being clear as day. One can only hope that the lawmakers and people in positions of power will listen to the increasingly loud demands being made by justice-loving citizens to correct these wrongs. With that, we present Aura’s September issue to you, our dear readers – in a world and time that needs good teachers more than ever, to nurture those who can dream of a different future for a country is crisis and a world in precarity.


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