The sins of entitlement

Posted on May 2, 2007

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So the donor conference for education fell short of delivering funds to the tune of $9 billion annually to provide universal basic education for 80 million children around the world by 2015.

Rich nations have been blamed for turning their backs on poor nations and in turn, their citizens, who won’t be able to escape the yoke of poverty through education.

While I applaud the efforts of organizations like the Global Campaign for Education to goad rich nations into contributing money to poor nations to fund basic education, I can’t help but think that it’s misplaced to blame rich nations for the world’s poor going uneducated and being mired in a vicious poverty cycle.

Shift the blame to the governments of the poor who have failed their own people. Why should they be spared the blame? They ought to be held accountable for failing their countrymen.

One can hardly blame rich nations for being leery of giving money away – who hasn’t heard of money for development and other good intentions ending up in the pockets of corrupt governments instead of going to those who truly needed it?

I’m a firm believer in the pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps mentality. It’s no use waiting for rescuers to come. Stop blaming those who didn’t show up to help you, we are not entitled. Start helping yourself.

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