Technology’s impact in India appears to have leapfrogged any fundamental educational reform that this country sorely needs. Call centers abound and access to the Internet is literally in the hands of the majority of its residents. Yet their elementary and secondary schools are ill-equipped for 21st Century learning and educational demands. Unfortunately and ironically, the technologically equipped Indian citizen is more likely to be persuaded by “fake news” on Facebook and other social media platforms than by traditional news media outlets.
As a returned #PeaceCorps Volunteer who served in Karnataka, India (capitol Bangalore) in the late sixties, this is very discouraging news. Please see the article hyperlinked below which focuses on Facebook’s impact in the current Indian elections, and highlights the many abuses which go unchecked.
The Third Goal of the Peace Corps promotes helping Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries. It is one of the three goals that support the mission of the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. A record number of representatives ask for an extra $40 million for the agency.
Yes, there still is a U.S. Peace Corps, but Trump has consistently reduced funding and resources for this agency every year of his presidency (see below). The building of a wall on our southern border is obviously more important than maintaining some form of international outreach at a grassroots level. No more! We have become an “island” awash in a sea of self- importance and xenophobia.
Please have a look at the administration’s Peace Corps budget reductions over the first few years of his presidency: https://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/articles/president-trump-recommends-____-funding-cut-for-peace-corps