All talk but no action?

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 December, 2001, 12:00am

The UN and developed countries always talk about education. They say that if a nation wants to develop and be prosperous, it must educate its people. In many third-world nations, including my country, Pakistan, the literacy rates are very low.


Why is literacy so low in these countries and who is responsible? Is it the people, the Government or the countries that talk about education and betterment of poor nations?


I see the advertisements of many international universities in the newspapers. Are the people behind these ads sincere in wanting to educate or are they just doing business? People like myself who come from poor families believe that they are only trying to make money. We cannot afford to study in local institutions in our own countries, let alone expensive international ones. The majority of people in third-world countries are too busy trying to feed their families to be able to afford education.


It is only the wealthy who get a chance to have quality education - many of them travelling overseas to do so. What are the developed nations, the UN and big institutions doing for the poor? If they want to increase literacy rates they should help and support us, not just talk about it.


ADEEL IRSHAD


Pik Uk Prison