Sunday, July 24, 2005

Clinton and I see eye to eye

I've always loved Clinton. And he just reaffirmed his position as one of my modern day heroes. Clinton walks into Kenya and applauds Kibaki for the implementation of free primary education. Granted it has very many problems. But what did one expect from a 3rd world country with over 50% of its population living below the poverty line. I'm aware of the fact that many expressed how necessary it was for Kenya to wait to 'afford' free primary education before it was implemented.I disagreed with that opinion then, and I,like Clinton applaud Kibaki for it. I appalud him for resisting his peers and going ahead with the plan despite the doubting Thomases. Because free primary education guarantees the basic read and write capabilities to each and every child within school going age. Scratch that, to each and every person, old and young as affirmed by some amazing enrollments of some men older than 80 years of age.

What these men do is affirm Kibaki's, and people like myself, points of view. Fact is, education should be accessible to all that desire to have it. For a man at 80 to go to school, no one can convince me he aspires to graduate one day and work for Price Water house. He just wants the validation. The ability to read his bible, his letters, his prescriptions, to write his will, each and every living man's freedoms. Waiting, say, one, two, three, ten, fifteen years? Say, when again were we gonna be ready? How does this help? What happens to the hundreds of thousands of children every year that are not enrolling in school, while we wait? Every following year, the number doubles and so do the country's woes. Little education is better than no education. It enables the avarage Juma to start his jua kali business and keep his books. Thus feed his family and improve the society in general. Additionally, it reduces the child abuse cases of 9 year old housemaids.

Also to be noted, quite frankly, is that all opposed cited lack of infrastructure, classrooms, desks etc as their reasons. Each one of these people is educated, some as educated as one can hope to be. Let me say something, hopefully, those struggling to get an education will allow me to make this comment on their behalves. What right have we, as educated people, to whine about the luxuries associated with education? A person who just wants to go to school, an opportunity to become someone, will be happy to learn inside of a cave, just get an education. So could we all please shut up because the understanding of a great desire to have an education, encircled with the inabilty to afford it, is outside our scope of understanding.

So Clinton. Clinton, a very rich man, achieved, obviously intelligent, and if you're about to tell me about Monika Lewinsky, shut your judgemental and most likely hypocritical mouth up; is able to look at Kenyans and see their inability to be appreciative of anything. Kenyans want instant gratification and that's why 'kitu kidogo' prospers. Anything that takes time to bear fruit is always a bitter pill to swallow, better yet, a failed project. Clinton said, that change takes time. Take the time to review why he would say that to the common mwanachi. And take the time to review how your negativity affects a growing nation. Seriously, when the words "ask not, what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" were uttered by one of the World's great, I'm convinced the situation was triggered by a bunch of people, very like our Kenyan selves. With a culture of complaining and little contribution. If the shoe fits, wear it.

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