Schooling should be a right for everyone, shouldn’t it?
In modern society, in successful economic country,
School should be the same right for everyone,
In India the difference in education between the poor and those better off,
Is massive and as different as it can be.
Paid for school is pretty good, lots of competition and quality,
In government schools it couldn’t be different,
Class sizes of 80 to 100 pupils,
Underpaid staff who have little incentive to give teaching any effort,
Those not near the front of a class can’t hear or see what is being taught,
Students are not missed when they don’t come to class,
Teachers sometimes aren’t missed too,
One teacher didn’t turn up for 12 years, still getting paid,
Kids like this one are not missed from school,
Nobody chases him or his parents up to attend,
In fact his parents want him to work the street selling flowers,
To earn money for the family, dodging cars and buses,
Dodging even worse with police and those that prey on the young,
He would be safe in school but probably wouldn’t get much education.
Project Why gives these kids from the slums a chance in life,
By providing supplementary education,
Class sizes are kept small so everyone gets good education,
The teachers are from the slums too,
So they know the importance of educating the poverty out,
Everyone at Project Why works hard to make sure,
Those that want education can have it.
It keeps them safe from exploitation,
Levels the playing field with those better off,
Indeed some Project Why students had achieved,
Achieved top grades and top jobs.
Success for them and Project Why,
That is Why.