Pop­u­la­tion ed­u­ca­tion

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

In his Oct 9 let­ter, Peter Fair­less made a very good point about the grow­ing world pop­u­la­tion be­ing a main cause of un­em­ploy­ment. Hop­ing to ed­u­cate my­self I made a quick search as to which coun­tries were lead­ing this ex­plo­sion and found that Niger and Mali topped the list with sev­eral more African coun­tries in close pur­suit. There were five non-African coun­tries in the top 40 and most were coun­tries linked with the hor­rors of war, famine and dis­ease.

To­day, I read an ar­ti­cle in an English news­pa­per that clar­i­fies the woe­ful ef­forts be­ing made in cer­tain coun­tries re­gard­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of young women and found the ex­act same coun­tries listed as the worst of­fend­ers. It would seem that the world’s ris­ing pop­u­la­tion is al­most cer­tainly re­lated to the ed­u­ca­tion and work op­por­tu­ni­ties of women. In­ter­est­ingly, Thai­land was in close com­pany with Nor­way and Swe­den in the pop­u­la­tion growth tables so it doesn’t ap­pear to be a main con­trib­u­tor to the world’s ris­ing num­bers. Per­haps Thai­land’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, de­spite not be­ing par­tic­u­larly good, is at least giv­ing girls the same ed­u­ca­tion as boys. LUNGSTIB

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