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Provide Skills NOT just Finished Technologies!

Most of the current problems in Africa are being solve by the few “experts”. On top of being expensive, it takes them a bit of time to do the necessary research and studies before they come to a conclusion.
In my opinion, it would be a lot easy if the local people are given the skills to investigate solutions to the problems affecting them. This makes them feel more involved hence taking up the obligation to find solutions to their own problems and “make it happen”/ innovate.
Its the same with the technologies. Once people get the technologies, they don’t feel the urge to work hard or improve on the current technologies or even look for cheaper solutions.
But when the solution to a problems affecting a wider community comes as a result of skill the locals have earned. They get more involved in applying the required skills – more innovative too!!
Give skills not technology.

Comments:

Comment by Josh Judkins on March 9, 2010 at 6:40pm: Great post, Ssozi! I see what you mean about how providing technology can actually be dis-empowering, whereas providing the skills to solve a problem can really build & empower a community.

Comment by John Kwasna on March 9, 2010 at 10:34pm: It is very important to ensure the skills required to sustain technology, After all what good are words if you cant read / keyboards if you cant type / cars if you cant drive. Implementing the teaching of skillfull crafts such as farming or educating people in areas of neccesity like the use of Math and Reading, can be more beneficial than disreguarding the individuals incompetance and reading or adding for them. We need more great teachers.

Comment by Karen L. on March 12, 2010 at 8:24am: Good post. You make a good point. Good luck with your missions.

Comment by Maria Pedro Miala on March 18, 2010 at 11:05am: Great post Ssozi, I completely agree with you. Most of the times people in Africa have to find solutions on their own to survive anyway so why not starting by sharing skills to to help them?

Comment by Adam Sunman on March 18, 2010 at 11:17am: I agree, although often this is hard to do as the ‘experts’ often provide a useful external mediator. Many areas stricken by poverty, especially in the Global south are dominated by crime and war lords, often monopolizing local culture and community, and many of these take aid packaged and charity resources and sell them/ use them as a tool for power.

While I agree that they should be able to decide their own fate, there needs to be a way for this to be done without the interference of somebody who falsely claims to represent the people of the community being helped. – Perhaps through a secret ballot, or through a community forum. I’m in no way advocating violence, but those with false claims of power need to be driven out through the power of unity and community solidarity.

Comment by Christian Brumm on April 30, 2010 at 9:56pm: Good point! Providing education and knowledge is much better than burning a “straw fire” by providing some complete product or “solution”. Such a solution might not even be one, as it might lack the necessary local insight.

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  1. August 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Im not sure I agree, but great info anyway thanks

  1. August 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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