There is a Chinese proverb which says “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man to Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.”
Seychelles, a small country with about 95,000 people, holds the position for being one of the best education system in Africa. It is the only African country in the top 50 education system globally. It is the first and only country in Africa that has fully achieved the “education for all” goal, set by UNESCO.
Education remains a priority sector with the largest share of the budget. The government was to spend the budget allocation at a total of SR 1.18 billion on education in 2020. Education is compulsory up to the age of 16, and free through secondary school until age 18. 98.9 percent of the population age 15 to 24 is literate.
It is documented in the literature that education and poverty are inversely related. It is well documented that the higher the level of education of the population the lesser will be the number of poor individuals because education impacts knowledge and skills which is supportive employment and salaries.
So why the poor are poor? Like a tree, poverty has many roots.
At The Guy Morel Institute (TGMI), we believe that personal transformation and Mindset change can be the antidote to poverty to an already “educated” population. We strongly believe that low-income persons with the right Mindset can escape poverty while those with negative attitudes remain poor. People with a poverty Mindset failed to develop self-awareness and to discover their life purpose. Such mind-set often gives rise to a belief system that life is full of hardship and scarcity, and often seek for handouts.
Social assistance, while a short term solution, is disempowering in the long term as it does not transfer the power to the “poor” and do not equipped them with tools to climb the prosperity ladder. Consistently giving the poor a free meal is like treating the needy as an object of social development. Social assistance may be seen as a poverty alleviation mechanism but does not provide the poor with economic freedom, and does not empower them to take responsibilities for their lives.
In line with its mission to catalyse transformation and Mindset change in the country, TGMI has developed a training which will empower people to take personal responsibility for their lives and to stop thinking that anything is owed to them. They will learn about the Mind-set for success and how to set and achieve personal, professional and financial goals.
The training will allow participants to:
- Develop an understanding of the real meaning of poverty.
- Understand the impact of poverty in one’s life.
- Explore ways and means of getting out from a state of poverty.
- Explore methods to help them from falling into a state of poverty.
- Learn how prepare household budget.
- How make adopt a more simple and healthy lifestyle.
Ending poverty in our country is a shared responsibility and TGMI pledge to play its role. Poverty cannot and will not be able to be resolved if we are just basing our policy or action as a matter of kindness.