Venezuela: Hunger Has Children Fainting In The Classroom
Hundreds of primary school children gathered in their school courtyard to hear a local bishop pray for their education. By the end of the 15-minute ceremony, 5 children had fainted and 2 were taken away by ambulance. Faintings have become the norm because so many students come to class without eating breakfast or dinner the night before. The teachers who remain are frustrated saying “You can’t educate skeletal and hungry people.” Students are skipping school because many schools have stopped providing meals, uniforms, school supplies or bus fares. Students began skipping school in Venezuela shortly after President Nicolas Maduro came to power in 2013. His mentor and predecessor, Hugo Chavez, made the expansion of public education on of the pillars of his popular “21st Century Socialism” campaign. A decade later, socialism has failed the country. Children are starving. The collapse of the education system is setting the country’s development back decades.