The Forum for Civic Initiatives (FIQ) congratulates teachers on March 7 - Teacher's Day. On this occasion FIQ remembers 325 individual teachers killed during the war in Kosovo as idealist and martyrs.
Kosovo teachers are inseparable part of the efforts of Kosovo's citizens for freedom, knowledge and democracy.
Their devotion to knowledge and to the state was proven by responding to the formation of the state of Kosovo with its home-school institutions.
Without basic conditions to develop the teaching, the pre-war educational staff educated two generations. They were persecuted and wanted by Serbian forces because of their activity to realize the right to education in their mother tongue, which is also guaranteed by the International Conventions.
The hardest case of this testimony is the director of the elementary school in Strellc i Epërm, Haki Povata, who died in 1992 at the Deqan police station by the maltreatments that were made by Serbian forces.
FIQ's Executive Director, Dajana Berisha has taken the initiative to honor all teacher idealist and martyrs of Kosovo with gratitude. Berisha has visited Mustafë Blakaj's family one of the 325 teachers killed during the war in Kosovo.
The Blakaj family was honored by the gratitude given from FIQ. Kadire Blakaj, the wife of the teacher has spoken about the activity of her husband. She has also demanded recognition from the institutions for killed teachers.
"To Honor the contribution of teachers is a social and institutional obligation, - eternal is the memory of all the teachers who have given their knowledge and life for the freedom of Kosovo," said Berisha sduring this visit to Blakaj family in the municipality of Istok.
FIQ will continue to give gratitude to the families of teachers killed.