You said Right to Education? April Fool! :P
The Right to Education Act came into effect on 1st April, 2010(we don’t know whether that was a cautious attempt by the government! 😛 ) exactly 3 years back from now as GoI’s most ambitious project in education, with a vision to provide free and compulsory education to children, but how much it has yielded till now? With reports* flowing in of majority of children being unable to produce learning 3 grades below their present grade; schools lagging in of basic infrastructure and quality teachers, where does the future of our children lie? The bitter truth < http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/no-high-five-for-rte/article4567385.ece >
If we all raise our voices, its bound to make some noise!
Because they need it & they deserve it!
Here is a beautiful poem by one of our volunteers, which is all about a poor boy who has squandered his resistance for a pocketful of mumbles-promises, lies and jests…
The boy boated
With baleful baggage
To breathe a bemoaning bloom.
The boat bucks the beauty of the balmy bank
And begins a burned up being of a boy!
When the small feet felt the sand –
He was as bare as a deciduous tree in winter,
As lonely as midnight’s streetlamps.
He walked inside the city
and survived as a stark solitary soul.
He arose adopting the same string –
with the pioneers who sailed ashore –
associating the alliance, he ripped into a waste picker.
Sunk inside almost waist length waste
The boy heard cheering childish calls
coming out from windy windows of a long vehicle –
A yellow bus,
with name inscribed inside blue band in its belly –
full of children barely of his age in alike attire.
The keen eyes –
little above from the putrid pail –
To get inside the bus of bliss.
Next day onwards
the boy awaited on the pavement
to get godsend to get into the bus.
The half-grown hands of heroism and hope heaved –
to halt the dream bus.
But, all of them were adamant –
Like the earth’s revolve;
Like shore soaping of tide and ebb –
The boy still hoists his hands –
The children at the windows still radiate redolence,
And the bus – yes, the yellow one – never stops!
–Spandan Ghose Chowdhury
1 Business Standard
2 Indian Express