Globally, the percentage of very poor has dropped by more than 1/2 since 1990. That’s pretty incredible when you stop to think about it. Again, there are still one billion people living in extreme poverty globally. The Gates letter isn’t written to tell us we’ve made everything better, it’s just trying to point out the efforts being made are working.
Here’s another myth buster from the Gates letter. Did you know that only 1% of our Federal Budget is spent on Foreign Aid? One percent works out to around $11 Billion dollars, which by anyone’s standards is a whole lot of money. But averaged out, it’s $30 per American. Would you willingly donate $30 a year to protect 120 kids from communicable diseases? That’s a question to ask when we’re talking budget cuts in this country.
Today, in the NYC area anyway, it is the first day of school for everyone left hanging on to summer. As of this morning all our kiddies will be accounted for, in some manner of classroom, hopefully learning. We have a lot to complain about with our public school system but the bottom line is that most of our kids are getting decent education for many of us, it’s mostly free. It is a great privilege that we have the luxury to complain about our education because it means that nearly all of us have access to it. That is not the case in other parts of the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, even the public schools come with hefty fees, such as uniforms, books, food, shoes, extra teacher payments, etc. Families are forced to cover up to 30% of primary education expenses which means many of the parents in that area can’t send their children to school. I don’t have to go on and one here. Nearly everyone I know understands and agrees about the importance of education, especially when we’re talking about rising up out of poverty. Access to education is of utmost importance so don’t you want to know how you can help people gain access to something we take so for granted all we do is complain about it?