Charting a Curriculum For Educational Charity

In all sense of it, what they poor need most is educational charity. The reason is obvious; there several kinds of charity and intervention models. These could be divided into educational and non educational charity.

In the strict sense of definition, non educational charity explores the act of charitable donations and other measures for providing the poor populations of the world with material or financial resources aimed at alleviating their poverty, hunger and disease. But it does not go beyond that. This is the conventional notion of charity and intervention among interest groups, governments, corporate bodies and non for profit making organisations. One single outstanding defect of non educational charity is that it does not look beyond the immediate problems of the beneficiary, and thereby perpetuates dependency and the vicious circle of poverty, hunger and disease.

Over the years the world, especially the developed nations and the western powers have explored the concept of material or non educational charity to tackle the issue of poverty among the poor circles of the third world. However, this can only alleviate poverty within the immediate future, but the fact remains that such approach to charity enslaves the beneficiary by creating dependence and completely overlooking the remote challenges of the poor people. It is a kind of spoon-feeding the poor with bread that will soon finish. It feeds but it does not equip the poor for possible future challenges.

The second aspect of charity and intervention model for salvaging the menace of poverty, disease and hunger among the poor and the underprivileged is educational charity. As a matter of fact, this is what the poor actually need, and must be given if the development partners; world governments, corporate partners and non profit making organisations hope to achieve the desired goals. This concept of charity and intervention model is all encompassing. But over and above all, the differentiating factor is that it does not just provide measures to solve the immediate problems of the poor, it also empowers the poor and the underprivileged to be capable of solving their problems without recourse to external intervention. Using education as it common strategy, this concept of charity harness resources to educate the poor, equipping them with the needed skills and knowledge packages that will enable them to break the chain of dependence and take their destiny in their hands at any moment.