Brain drain a headache

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Post by admin » Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:06 pm

[quote]The downside is the departure of some of the brightest and the best, skilled persons who can help individual nations accelerate the pace of their social and economic development.[/quote]
Sometimes I wonder how real this problem is. Some of "the brightest and the best" have returned and it seems that the minute they set foot in the country, they start behaving erratically (and sometimes idiotically).

Much was made for instance of how the current generation of "technocrats" were going to fix the administrative landscape in Haiti. Nad marinad!

Yet the country does not have much to offer in terms of the professional development of its youth and turn them into "the best and the brightest" that will one day transform it.

Education abroad seems a "passage obligé". Otherwise the potential never truly becomes the hoped for transformative reality.

The lack of structures and free competition in the country is stifling. Mediocrity almost always wins, because of entranched factors such as family name, "mounpa", and other anti-competitive pressures. Then, what to do? The best minds truly have to get out or wilt like flowers on a hot summer day.

Think of the kids you knew that seemed especially gifted in one area or another: mathematics, physics, chemistry, music, soccer, athletics, carpentry, acting, dancing, singing, etc. How many never developed their talents because of anti-competitive pressures which favor those who may be less gifted? Take them out of Haiti and the equation changes drastically. The trick is in getting them to return to the country, before hard core materialistic values spoil their disposition.

I have high hopes for the young doctors that just returned from Cuba. Hopefully, there will be a new crop for years to come, and most will stay faithful to their pledge of service to the less fortunate.

In the meantime, a responsible government in Haiti would create schools of medecine (not to be used as headquarters for occupying U.S. troops), schools of veterinary science, schools of agronomy, schools for carpenters, masons, plumbers, cabinet-makers, environmental and waste engineering, health technologies, teachers, etc, etc.

This would happen not just in the Republic of Port-au-Prince but all over the country. The "best and brightest" from older generations would be invited to come and help in the formation of newer generations, and in doing so, they would firmly establish their haitianity, without having to appeal to the Cour de Cassation.

The government would help establish competitive practices in all fields, by rewarding the best and brightest in one or another significant manner.

We would then truly begin to reverse the effects of the brain drain, by giving young minds reasons to hope, to take root inside the country no matter how much traveling they might do outside of it at various times, and by offering old timers a non-political avenue of national recognition and a real opportunity to transfer valued skills in the service of their country.

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