Without education, you probably couldn’t read this post right now. Learning is the essential component of every society. Without it, ideas and skills would not be passed on from one generation to another. Literacy is often one of the most often cited goals of education and one of the most common, being one of the most primitive and useful skills that can be learned. Unfortunately, too many countries are unable to afford to spend time on teaching even these basic skills, because there are higher priority activities that have to be learned. These involve something that is seen as even more important then reading, which is considered a luxury: surviving.
In many of the provinces of Southeast Asia, poverty is rampant and teaching scarce. Subsidence farming and provisional skills are the rules of life’s crazy game. In Bangladesh, such attributes are required to withstand the seasonal floods that scar the country in raging waters and ungodly sanitary conditions. As one of the most densely populated places on the planet, it is a wonder the country manages to sustain relatively few deaths. Indeed, most of the danger lies not with the moving streams, but the mosquitoes and dirty water which people are forced to use. People are usually unable to be prepared to handle the floods, and end up resorting to using the same water they urinate in to clean their teeth.
Luckily, immense strides have been taken place to handle these dangers. The government has recently announced that the education budget will be increased by littler over 2%: a 3 billion dollar investment. Although spread out, most of the new budget is concentrated towards the farmer class who will be taught basic skills on how to survive and maintain hygienic conditions during the floods that attack the area. Measures will include early-preparation by storing fresh-water, teaching how to farm on top of roofs, boat construction to rescue others, how to raise the level of fresh-water wells, and how to purge groundwater of arsenic which has managed to infest most of the wells.
There is still work to be done however. Measures must be taken to help those who are unable to reach educational facilities, and improvements in health and an economic policy shift will have to be taken inside of the rural communities to make up the lost money. Despite this, the Bengali government has shown its compassionate side, and such measures will help the Bengali people use education to not only survive, but thrive.