Education: the inheritance of our children
If we review the government's education plans, we will find that they lack viability, are erratic and improvised, and we could even say, in the worst case, that they do not exist. Given that for the revolutionary and socialist government of Venezuela, entrenched in power since the end of the last century, education is of no importance, it simply does not invest in it. It is enough to review and compare the number of high schools and universities created in previous governments and now to verify this sad reality. The same happens if we review the scholarship plans or the food programs, we will realize that they are deficient and in the end they are nests of corruption. Not to mention, the increasingly poor salaries of Venezuelan educators who are also forced to give up their jobs: schools without students and without teachers are meaningless.
Many will come out to defend the so-called educational missions created by the government and which supposedly sought to give study opportunities to those people who, because of their social, physical, mental or economic condition, had been excluded from the national education system. More fallacy, more mockery, more trap. In the first place, we all know that these missions, more than preparing and educating people, have served exclusively to indoctrinate, manipulate, to make propaganda to the government. Secondly, the argument of exclusion and lack of opportunities in what they call the Fourth Republic is one of the greatest lies of the Chavista government, which it knew how to use to gain followers and votes. There are plenty of examples, I count myself among them, of families with very few resources who were able to educate their children and these became excellent professionals.
It calls for reflection that in a country where the government invents "aid bonuses" and squanders large amounts of money on them, no "aid bonus" has been created for students from all over the country. It creates suspicion, for example, that the government values giving aid to teenage mothers, unemployed young people, housewives, and even inmates and delinquents, and not to the best students at all levels of education. Perhaps, if young people had financial support from the government, they would not have to drop out of school to help their families.
According to a quote from Kuan Tse: "If you make plans for a year, plant a seed. If you plan for ten years, plant a tree. If you plan for a hundred years, educate the people". As I said to you in previous lines, in another time my parents, of very few resources, but millionaires of dreams and hopes, they pulled 5 offspring forward, all today professionals and honest people. Every day they told us that our education was the only inheritance they could leave us, that educating us was the greatest act of love they could give us. When we educate ourselves, we acquire certain tools, we open many fascinating and important doors that never close again. When we educate ourselves, we learn to express our opinions, to question, to question any certainty. To educate ourselves is to have a critical awareness of the world. Perhaps for the Venezuelan government this is not convenient.