Saturday, September 12, 2009
What would you like to be?
One of the really interesting visits on this trip was to one of the schools in the Bajo Lempa area.
We had time here to talk with the students about their future. Their answers reflect that students where ever they are want the same things for themselves and their families.
Notes from high school students – what do you want to do in the future?
“I want to be a lawyer to fight the injustice that occurs is El Salvador”
“I would like to study journalism because it is active and I like the news”
“I want to go to university and be a professional and get a doctorate”
“I want to get a good job to help my community and help my family”
“I want to get a college education. It is very difficult because transportation is expensive. If I can’t go I would like to find work”
“I want to get a degree in language or business”
“I would like to be a lawyer so I can be a help to my country that has suffered so much”
“It is our role to help people in return; they have helped us”
“I want to study communications so that I can defend myself and am prepared”
“I want to get a degree in public accounting and help those in need and to defend myself”
“I would like to study medicine in the university”
For these students to get to university, they will need assistance.
I wonder how many of these students will get the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. It has always struck me as so unfair that students with so much energy and promise do not get the opportunity to develop their skills to the point where they can lead change in their country.
At the same time, there is no question that education is the key to their future. Over the years since this visit, I have met many young committed Salvadorans who are doing their utmost to make their country strong.
We can never lose hope when so many young people aspire to change the world.