Walking the talk!
An experience that i had recently really made me think on how corrupted the system is. Who said corruption is when money changes hands? For me corruption is also when you do not provide the necessary value to the work performed by others. At a school function recently, where i presided as the chief guest, the school founder and the other ‘dignitaries’ spoke at length about how they are paying attention to the kids and their needs. How money is spent is in the favour of the children and the progress that they are making.
Is there really progress as per the investments made? If the system is really spending the amounts cited, why do we not see any significant progress and usually such schools take a back seat when it comes to admissions?
You ask the kids what they want to become when they grow up – the answers were carpenter, cab driver, florist. It is not that these professions are wrong it is just that the vision of the kids is already so limited in terms of what is possible. If you aren’t teaching the kids to dream and achieve big, at least let us stop resorting them to mediocrity. Instead of talking about money and painting their image as helpless beneficiaries, the people in power can talk about how kids can aspire – attempt – achieve!
So what was the corruption i saw? The poor kids had spent close to a fortnight in coming up with the performances. All decked up in their special costumes, they were a wonderful sight and the performances that followed were truly awesome. The other chief guests, and the principal, however, thought it opportune to leave just after the initial performance. Was it some really an urgent meeting – certainly not, by the looks of tea/coffee consumed and the sound of laughter from the principal’s room. Even i was asked to join them, citing “Let the kids just do their performances, we will come back in the end when it is time for prizes”. I refused.
When the performances were going to be over, one of the coordinators went to call them, only to return with the reply “Make the kids repeat their performances, should be another hour. We will be back by then”. Appalled by the insensitivity demonstrated, we did what was right – went ahead with the prize & certificate distribution ceremony without the ‘dignitaries’!
So, what are we teaching the kids?
Are we walking the talk? No!