Our country’s population had been on a natural climb and government used the huge numbers to portray a grim picture of the future. So much money had been spent out of our meager resources just to propagate the information that someday in the future the ballooning population will lead us to perdition. The assumption had always been that population is a passive lot out to consume the country’s resources. It is founded on the misplaced presumption that man is only capable of consuming goods and nothing more. Such assumption sets aside one vital fact, that man like any other living creature, is endowed with faculties to sustain himself in ways according to the grand design of his Maker. Every living creation is blessed with a blissful existence that affords him to sustain his life by producing his needs.
People acquire knowledge and skills necessary to sustain his existence. It is disgraceful for man to desire anything that will cause in extinction. The instinct for self-preservation and survival had been a common trait among the living creatures, chief of them us among all other creations. Man by nature is created with all the faculties to make him survive. While there are those who are bereft of such faculties that make them dependent for support upon those abled ones, there still is that tremendous collective capacity of man to produce more than what is needed by the community of men and natures as part of God’s creations.
In our desire to develop man, there are established institutions of learning that provide avenues for one to develop his knowledge and skills that would bring about sustenable development. Dependence on every expertise in the various fields of human knowledge and endeavor is one aspect that draws us into a community of peoples that survive through cooperation. Indeed, no man is so knowledgeable and powerful to possess every knowledge and skills that will sustain him by himself and no other. Every person is uniquely capacitated to do his share in fulfilling the needs of the community.
But our desire to provide knowledge to our people had somewhat been on a misplaced and misguided track that we ought to retract if we want to move forward. Take for instance our educational system. We have been catering the needs of other countries and peoples more than ourselves. Courses are offered in response to the needs of foreign countries and not due to our own pressing needs as a people. So much of our meager resources is allocated from our national budget to support an educational system that empowers our people to work of other countries than our own.
The expenditures out of our budget are sourced from our internal revenues, domestic debts and foreign debts. We pour so much of our budget to finance the training of our people just for them to leave and work on foreign shores. Our expenditures are interest-bearing if sourced from foreign creditors. We are forced to pay the cost of money that is spent for the education of our people and the painful ironic reality is that it is these creditor-countries that reap the fruits of our educational system through our export-quality manpower. With a population so potent and knowledgeable and skilled landing on foreign shores and leaving our own, we are confronted with a typical problem that ought to be addressed with clear-cut solutions if only to stop draining of this valuable resources, our human resources that are exported to improve the lives and economies of other countries.
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By: Al Ellema
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