The Rainbow squad of Andrea Hirata Review

Since 1948, a UN-chartered human rights: the right to education. By the inhabitants of the “first world” as a matter of course hardly appreciated its enforceability encounters in the poorest countries of the world are still limits.

From his school days the author tells of the novel “The Rainbow Troops”. Can we still “enshrining compulsory education for all of Germany until the Weimar Constitution of 1919”. Interest, to

Oh yes, because the author Andrea Hirata in 1975 on the Indonesian island of Belitung, east of Sumatra, born, and his education was exceptional from the start.

infrastructure and social environment

the tiny building that could possibly be his school is dilapidated, warped and constantly in danger of collapse – “would have required only a goat standing behind a goat ago was”. In order for the Ministry of Education did not definitively closes at least ten students must appear on the first day of school. Children there is indeed enough, but their parents toil in tin mining, fishing, agricultural laborers, porters, gardeners or Kokosraspler are. No family of this poorest and less educated segment of the population can do without the helpful contribution that provide the small hands of their children. Whether instead of visiting the village school the child or the family can provide a better future, nobody knows. Yet ten children come together – “I cal” ( “curly head” as the small Andrea is called) is one of them

The student body

. All of the victim are aware that provide their families; all know what a privilege they enjoy; all proud. No one would ever skip an hour or complain about teaching; each puts his ambition into it, the tasks with the utmost care to do – because everyone knows the simple truth: education benefits most our own progress and that of the family

Lintang has the longest way to school.. He lives with his extended family at the other end of the island. Even before the dawn he leaves every day the house and rides his bike, on the saddle it’s not enough going on to the forty kilometers of unpaved path to create time until the start of school. In the monsoons, when everything is under water, it often does not succeed this; then he must be Wheel slide and hit by mangrove swamps, where cavort crocodiles and other dangerous animals. But Lintang can shrink anything. Intelligent as he is, learning is easy for him, and he’s a mathematical genius. He will win the intelligence competition for the best 100 students of the country; its success will enhance the school and ensure their survival first

The educational staff and their qualifications. the curriculum

Taught is the small group of Bu Mus. She’s fifteen, has a high school diploma and feel sincere admiration for the “noble profession” of teaching. Rather than marry or to take up a lucrative job in the administration of the mining company, they announced: “I want to be a teacher.” They derive humanistic ideals, traditional values ​​and Islamic piety. On Bu Mus’ curriculum is accordingly in addition to the “academic” basic training and the practical to cope with everyday life – cooking, gardening, embroidering (after all it is expected that each can make the festive decorations for High Holidays themselves) – as well as religious instruction ( “Pray for right time, then you will be rewarded. “).

Bu Mus conveys not only knowledge or generate insights, but she lives on a complex example. Your students feel that every single child who has entrusted her, for she is a valuable asset. They recognize, resulting Bu Mus happiness wins and that this is possible even in poverty. Receives wages Bu Mus no. They must for their livelihood besides assume sewing.

Socio-political relevance of education

The floor under the rickety school building houses the raw materials that are precious for the mining company , One day, because even back to shovel to the comparatively worthless School niederzuwalzen. But Bu Mus and the children are now grown into a dedicated community, and “The Rainbow Troops” is forming to resist the materialistic threat: “Tear down the school … Destroy them – but only over my dead body!” A courageous, competitive play against a market-defining, capitalist empire takes its beginning – and all participants will shape their lives

The conflict has on the personal level, a downright symbolic dimension: from 1967-1998 was in. Indonesia, the dictatorship of General Haji Mohamed Suharto. His policy was characterized by human rights violations, intolerance of national and religious minorities and the systematic exploitation of the wealth of the country.

Andrea Hirata’s impressive book is far more than an autobiographical thanks to his teacher. Many small stories that flow along the way in the main line of the course, give us a vivid, touching about image of his homeland. The large island nation is rich in myths and traditions, but suffered five centuries under exploitation and oppression as Portuguese and Dutch colony and under the Suharto dictatorship. Today global players from East and West have a greedy look at the peripheral resources of the mainly agricultural-oriented country, and a huge gap separates the wealthy few in their ghettos of the poor rest of the population.

< we read p> In this context, painful and unjust conditions a convincing plea for all-encompassing learning and reflection on the meaning of school, which is capable of creating perhaps more in education despite erbärmlichster conditions as our highly cultured system.

book was published in 2005 under its original title “Laskar Pelangi” in Indonesia, had huge success and in 2008 was filmed there (in 2009 the film was shown at the Berlinale.). In March, Andrea Hirata was for “The Rainbow Troops” (translated by Peter Sternagel) with the ITB Book Award 2013 awarded the Tourism Fair


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