The Importance of Education in India
In a concrete room in a concrete school bursting with heat and the buzz of learning I go to clean the board with a dirty scrap piece of paper only to be stopped with a shout of horror from the students, ‘‘No mam; paper is God!’’ Clearly it is unacceptable to use God to clean prepositions off the black board. As time goes on during my year teaching English in a rural town South India, I come to learn what merits being called God and what does not. Bags are God, and therefore cannot be kicked, rice is God and so not a grain can be wasted, education is God. India’s spiritual energy infiltrates every aspect of life, especially education. In many people’s eyes, education, like God, can provide food, opportunity, equality and, most importantly, hope.