Are Riots The Solution?

Of late, we have seen a number of institutions and country’s resort to demonstrations and riots. The examples are very vivid in our minds ranging from even the much elder students the two most prominent universities of Kyambogo and Makerere to the well known schools like Ntare which by the way has been for long known to be one of the few schools that encourage dialogue.
A riot is a form of civil disorder characterized often by disorganized groups lashing out in a sudden and intense rash of violence against authority, property or people. While individuals may attempt to lead or control a riot, riots are typically chaotic and exhibit herd behavior, and usually generated by civil unrest.Basically the whole idea behind riots is to awaken the stake holders to an emerging grievance which may or maynot be genuine. Now my personal view in regard to this trend is that as Africans, we must accept the fact that we luck leaders from which we can draw good examples(not that there are no good leaders but rather the number is so minimal) and so what we learn form our leaders is that the way to go is violence. i would like to draw an example from the Arab countries that got inspired by just one country Tunisia, after having realized that it was possible to use violence to demand for rights, other countries in Arabia followed suit(The Arab Awakening). And honestly as a student when i see my elder brother at University using violence to voice his concerns, i will definitely use the same means since as the saying goes that wisdom comes with age. My point here is that we have bad examples everywhere.
The reason why there are increasing numbers of violence in schools is because the Administrators instead of adressing the causes of these, they spend so much time in condemning their use. The involved parties am sure understand the bad impact violence has but then look on the good side of it . Maybe the administration has failed to see a problem and now that it has been brought to their attention, they should quickly condemn and then move forward to address the cause. Another reason i think caused riots, is that the leaders today are much more interested in personal gain rather than voicing the concerns of their subjects so this breaks the link between the students and the administration in some instances, students leaders have been known to even actively participate in violence which doesn’t clearly depict good leadership qualities.
The other reason is that the school administration’s failure to involve students in making of policies that directly affect the students. The problem here is that there is less consultation and even when the institution has student representatives, it is important to seek the views of other students in order to minimize any form of doubt among the students. It is through consultation that questions are asked and in this way, any forth coming policy is thoroughly examinined which leaves at least majority convinced
In conclusion,I would like to say that alot has been learnt from all this particularly the fact that I have seen the impact of violence both on the students and the administration and i must say it is not good, however it makes no sense to cry over spilt milk. Ntare school community has for long been know as one that involves in dialogue however the recent occurance of strikes has clearly shown the whole world that there is no one perfect(even Jesus Knows that). We all still have alot to learn and at this point i can confidently say that all have learnt a lesson only that it has been the hard way. Lastly i would like to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to some of the students that were affected by the recent riots at Ntare. I shall forever miss you and God bless you wherever you go for i know there is life after Ntare


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