I GET TIRED OF HEARING FROM OUR TV TALK SHOWS AND CERTAIN PEOPLE FIXATED ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM AND JOBS. RECENTLY THERE WAS MUCH CASTIGATION ABOUT 30,000 UNEMPLOYED AND 5000 A YEAR COMING OUT OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT WILL BE ADDED TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINES.
I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO DIFFER ON THIS OPINION AND ASSUMPTION HERE IN BELIZE, from the cry babies and overeducated looking for salaries with the government.
Higher education in Belize, in High School, College and University is filled with MATHEMATICAL SUBJECTS, SCIENCE, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY. Each of these HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREES attempt to teach the student PROBLEM SOLVING. To graduate they had to learn to solve problems. Whether it is chemistry formulas, electrical solutions, or simple algebraic computations, or how many apples and oranges are available if Johnny sells some on the way to market.
THAT SAID: These 5000 graduates coming into the market place, are expected in THIS PIONEER SOCIETY, to be self employed. They are supposed to solve the self employment problems, just as they did when they graduated higher education. Are you telling me they graduated without being able to solve problems?
Give you an example. Got a market for 20,000 cardboard telescopes a month out of Belize at a base production price of $6 bz each. You tell me, that all this HIGHER EDUCATION PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS, cannot get on the internet and find a source of cheap cardboard tubes, glass, or plastic sheet and learn how to grind the lenses. You need a cooperative of six people may be. To go into this business. There is nobody teaching how to form a cooperative here? Like they have done, by the tens of thousands of cooperatives throughout the nearby nation of the Republic of Guatemala.
SOLVE THE PROBLEMS! Make your own cardboard tubes, one person grinds lenses from cutting out blanks from a sheet. One person paints the cardboard tubes with black latex paint, another uses a sheet of aluminum and cuts out, or makes with a car hydraulic jack ( they have them at Spanish Lookout ) to punch out metal collars for the ends, bit of simple hand work here, nothing expensive needed, just labor. Start producing cardboard cheap telescopes. The problem solving comes with finding material sources, and costing your production labor, per a back kitchen assembly line piece work. Say you make 20,000 a month and earn net $1 per telescope. That's $20,000 a month divided between 5 or 6 people. Can't our HIGHER EDUCATION TYPES solve these simple problems for self employment?