We all want the best opportunities in life and when it comes to education, studying abroad is an added new dimension, especially in recent years. It is a great opportunity to represent our country in a global way. However, it is not all that easy to when it comes to admissions and expenditure.
Sometimes students are so adamant about going abroad that they don’t hesitate resorting to illegal means. As a result, we hear about many students taking risks and ending up dead. Again, some are caught for crossing borders illegally. Such incidents hardly serve to boost our developing country's reputation. They spend money without a second thought, though many of their families become destitute, selling everything to send their children abroad.
In this sense, we are falling behind in our economic development. The families of these 'ambitious' students are forced into paucity. They spend their lives in the hope that their children might live a better life abroad.
Unfortunately, the reality is a different matter. Most of us know how difficult life is out there if one doesn’t have a legitimate job or a scholarship. Some students go so young, they just join the workforce as local workers or sometimes get involved in crime.
Remittance is essential for our economic growth. But there is a definite difference between the workers who are sending in the remittance and the students are going. Students who are going on scholarship, represent our country. But they need money to meet their basic needs. They are willing to do odd jobs there which they would never dream of doing back home. If a student can do the part-time job abroad as a butcher, a salesperson or a florist when they are abroad, what’s the problem of doing so in our own country, contributing to making the economy strong?
Any kind of work or employment is respected everywhere, whether it is conventional or an odd job. But while our students are willing to do odd jobs abroad, they hesitate to do so in our country. Actually, it is the schools and the colleges where they studied as children and teens that is responsible for this mentality. Many countries in the world, especially Asian countries like Japan, China, Korea, etc, engage and motivate their students to clean their own schools, homes and roadsides.
Again, after completing high school, many students of those countries join part-time jobs to become self-dependent. They don’t feel the same way as our students. Our government has taken necessary steps to encourage technical and vocational education, but these efforts won’t be successful unless we broaden our narrow mentality.
Again entrepreneurship is another way to earn a living in a dignified manner and the government promotes this through various sorts of loans. Not everyone in the world has to have a PhD degree. There are thousands of ways open to a qualified life. Instead of going abroad, students can spend the money to become self-employed through entrepreneurship. We have successful entrepreneurs in our country who are now providing jobs to thousands of people every year
It is commonly heard that we can’t do well by being educated in our own country. But that is not so. There is so much scope in our country, but we are blinded by our dark mentality. “So we know that it's not enough for us to simply encourage more people to study abroad. We also need to make sure that they can actually afford it,” says Michelle Obama.
* Jabin Tasnim Joyeta is a college student.