2018 had its pluses

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - OPINION - ED­I­TOR:

While the gen­eral feel­ing among Cana­dian seems to be that 2018 was a write-off, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that were some very im­por­tant suc­cesses last year, es­pe­cially for the world’s worse off. While the top­ics of im­mi­gra­tion and refugees often flared as an ugly and di­vi­sive topic, it’s im­por­tant to re­call that the vast ma­jor­ity of refugees spend their lives in per­ma­nent camps.

It’s hard to imag­ine a more des­per­ate and im­pov­er­ished life, yet in 2018, G7 coun­tries, the World Bank, and the Euro­pean Union com­mit­ted $3.8 bil­lion to re­duce bar­ri­ers and im­prove ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the women and girls in con­flict and cri­sis sit­u­a­tions. Of this, Cana­di­ans can be proud of our com­mit­ment of $400 mil­lion.

Ed­u­ca­tion means that refugees and the dis­placed have at least a chance for bet­ter­ing their lives when sit­u­a­tions im­prove in their home coun­tries. Min­is­ter Bibeau, (Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie) de­serves credit for sup­port­ing a fu­ture for these in­di­vid­u­als, as ed­u­cat­ing girls is the best, most sus­tain­able in­vest­ment there is in global peace, sta­bil­ity, and pros­per­ity.

FRAN­CIS BECKOW, VIC­TO­RIA BC

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