Sunday, April 19, 2009

What is the best way out of poverty?


Once basic needs are met (i.e., food), the real way out of poverty starts with education. Education opens up possibilities.  Education creates resourcefulness.  Education creates ambition, then jobs, and, eventually, it attracts capital.  This ignites a virtuous cycle out of poverty.

Imagine a member of the Ixil people in the mountains of Quiche in Guatemala.  Imagine him looking down from one of those mountains to his empoverished village.  Imagine him looking at the valleys, the waterfalls, and those mountains that he loves so much.
Now imagine him returning home with a university education.  What do you think he would be thinking about?  Would he be better off returning home with money or food but with no education? 

What do you think would really effect lasting change?

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