Education in the town of Ede after the War

Confectionary and restrictions
The Canadians liberated Ede on the 17th of April 1945. Due to lack of means of transport, the soldiers cannot yet return to Canada, so they stay in Ede until November 1945. The Canadians have chocolate, chewing gum and other sweets with them, these cannot be found anywhere else. So, of course, the youth seeks their company. This is a cause for concern for the authorities of Ede.

Young people (boys and girls) up to the age of 16 are not permitted to be out in the streets after 9 p.m. or go to cafés and restaurants. Those above the age of 16 are not allowed out after 10 p.m., but for boys that applies up to the age of 18, and for girls up to the age of 21.

School children scattered​
The youth is 'scattering', so they believe. They have too much free time on their hands. Primary and Secondary education, especially in the village of Ede, the Roman Catholic and public primary schools, as well as the Christian ULO, were destroyed by acts of war in September 1944. In addition, nearly all of the school buildings have been damaged, and it takes a long time before they are repaired. The education system is in a poor state.

The Canadian soldiers also use two school buildings on the Telefoon Road and Maandereind Street as army rooms. The pupils of these schools are being taught in other buildings, such as churches, consistory rooms, and kindergartens. The HBS and the Gymnasium in Ede are housed in private houses around the crossroad at Brouwer Street and Molen Street. Due to the pupils being so scattered there is no sense of community. The necessary controls are no longer in place in any form. Every teacher still tries to make the best of the situation, but many schools can only teach half days because they often have to share the buildings with other schools.

The people of Ede blame the Canadiens for this inconvenient situation. The town council's attempts to make the schools available have lead to nothing because the Canadians refuse to cooperate. They have good reasons not to. Joint housing is difficult enough, it is hard to maintain discipline among the soldiers who are no longer active. They are bored and are waiting for the day when they can return to Canada. If they are spread across Ede even more, enforcement of any kind becomes impossible. In November 1945, the Canadians leave Ede. However, it was not until the beginning of the year 1946, that the town council and the teaching staff managed to restore some form of normality back to education in Ede. 

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