Last week Wednesday I was working late when the cleaning lady came to do her job. I started to chat with her. It appeared that she was a refugee from Iran. She and her husband fled the regime, came to the Netherlands almost 16 years ago. They have two sons. The oldest is busy finishing his medical school, the youngest one is a second year student Politicology. She told me by doing this ‘dirty’ job (I just quoted her on this) she can support her sons financially as she herself only attended Elementary School in Iran.
When chatting with her I saw a determined mother who wanted the best for her children by providing them the chance to get proper education. Proper education which has become a luxurious good in many countries, my native country Indonesia included. This is a very sad thing because in order to build the country, highly educated youngsters are desperately needed.
There are enough bright kids out there who don’t get proper education because their parents can hardly make ends meet, let alone sending them to school. As soon as these kids are able to generate some income, they are expected to support the family financially. One other thing I learned from this brief chatmoment with P, non or barely educated people aren’t always stupid when they don’t know anything. They just didn’t get a fair chance to follow proper education.
That’s why I believe in this cause, my cause: proper education for everyone.