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One of the many problems with developing countries is there losing of traditional knowledge. I think that a charity could be done where people in these developing countries can be set up as teachers of traditional skills of their country. The charity would give them a salary for their service so then
there would be people learning skills that can help them in later life to get ahead, they would be preserving their culture and the teachers would be moving ahead as well by getting paid and being able to pass along their skills to the next generation. To do this you would either have to make the whole charity build up a alliance of supporters to give consistent donations in order to keep paying the teachers.
||Isn't this how we got all those madrassas?
||Who would contribute to this charity?
Citizens of 3rd-world countries probably
have more immediate uses for their
money; if it's
sponsored by wealthy nations, aren't we
open to accusations of trying to
'museumize' a culture which we've largely
||Excuse me if this sounds completely ignorant but what do you mean by 'museumize'?
||That's an excellent question, and one
which I intend to ask myself as soon as I
get back. In the meantime, I would guess
that it means "to turn into a museum" (as
in encouraging other cultures to preserve
their traditional skills because we value
their quaintness more than the culture
values their utility).
||Fiscally the contributors would not be citizens of the country unless of coarse there was a wealthy donor. I now see what you mean as far as being accused of trying to muesumize it. There very well might be accusations made but the philosophy would be one only to help that country preserve their culture for their own values not for the wealthy nations abuse.