According to international experts, the Middle East is the only region in the world where the more education a person gets, the less of chances that he becomes employed.
Since 2000, the Yemeni government has been desperately trying to convince people that the way to the future is through education. Females were greatly encouraged, but the outcome has been catastrophic as over 54% of those holding university degrees are unemployed in Yemen.
In the United States, the average salary for a bachelor’s holder is $40,000. It increases to over $75,000 for a master’s degree holder and more than $120,000 for a doctorate holder. This strategy in the west encourages its people to continue their education and strive, therefore, first building a nation, in addition to building for themselves a prosperous future.
It’s the opposite in Yemen, as due to corruption in most governmental institutions, and geographical preferences for employers in private institutions, those who are less qualified get the positions that they are not fit for. This results in building a nation with a weak infrastructure, that in any given day could fall apart. Those who have links to the government, even though they had very bad grade averages in university, would be able to get jobs before they even graduate, as others who were top of their class could stay more than five years waiting for a job to compensate for the hard times of school.
Arab presidents know their mistakes and the two that saw revolts last month basically apologized to their people for decades of poverty, as they were busy stealing tens of billions of dollars for their families instead of making massive investments for the people they serve.
Should these rulers be given another chance for their cowardness and the use of public funds for the sake of their families while millions in their country sleep hungry and without a blanket to cover them in cold nights?
For Yemen, it seems that Saleh was lucky enough to have a nation that gave him another chance to serve the people and build the nation that was once prosperous. Let’s wait and see if he learns.
ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.