Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 9

Today's Tweet was: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." --Maimonides

This proverb, repeated so often and in so many different contexts in the modern world, still rings true, especially with global development.  One of the largest arguments against foreign aid is often the idea that people in third-world countries will become dependent on handouts from countries like the United States and never truly break free from the vicious cycle of poverty.

This is why education is such a powerful tool.  When developed countries and non-profits support education and aid schools in impoverished places, children (and in some cases, adults) are given a true chance to break out of poverty by learning valuable reading, writing, and math skills that will help them find a job as well as basic medical instruction that helps prevent disease.

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