Friday, February 17, 2006
Education for whom?
Images and Ideas
Every third statistics, the saying goes, winks at truth. A picture does doubly so. But, the statistics of primary education in Nepal shocks you on your face. According to the recent UNICEF report, almost two million Nepali children are deprived of primary education.
Caught by keen eyes of Kantipur lensman Shaligram Tiwari, these photos are an ugly example of this gloomy situation. He captured this rare moment yesterday afternoon in Nobel Academy where the kids of middle class Kathmanduites attend. As this raggedly dressed kid was mimicking his peers, clad in sweaters, well-ironed uniforms attending physical training session.
Shaligram told me the boy didn’t go to school. However, his elder brother who joined him a while later, studied in class one. If this happens in the heart of capital city, you can deduce what is happening in rural Nepal. Why is the state dillydallying with sloganeering such as ‘education for all’?