The co-founder of the Microsoft and philanthropist, Bill Gates is on his visit to India and is having an open-hearted conversation.
On Thursday, he spoke that, when it comes to India his biggest disappointment lies with its education system. “It should be far better. I don’t want to be critical, but I do want to create higher expectations about it“, TOI quotes him. And probably all of us would agree with him, that when it comes to education, India still has a long way to go.
When asked if Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would like to extend its efforts beyond health sector to education as well, he responded saying that he is quite happy to see India’s own philanthropists trying hands at educational fields, but his foundation can’t do just everything!
He has to give his views on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and succinctly pointed out the real challenge this venture has been facing since its start.
Gates says, “The real challenge is getting people to use them. Part of our Swachh Bharat partnership with the government is to try and make sure that the toilets that are built are not so bad that you’d rather not use them. The first stage is behavior change,”
“Once a village passes the view that nobody should be doing this (open defecation), then it tends to stay…if you intervene for just a few years then sometimes it becomes the expectation…that’s behavior change ” added Bill.
As he met India’s Union home minister Mr. Rajnath Singh, the minister urged him to adopt 1000 Maoist hit villages, initiate newer technologies in agriculture and sanitation and turn them into model villages.The meeting also focused on the progress made across the “foundation’s priority focus areas such as health, urban sanitation, digital financial inclusion and agricultural development”.
A Gates Foundation spokesperson said that the Gates Foundation is “committed to working collaboratively with the Government of India in providing global and local technical expertise to advance the country’s ambitious development goals.”
As UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath had a meet with Gates in Shastri Bhawan, Lucknow on Friday, they had a productive talk over many health-related issues. Here, a concerned Bill extended a helping hand for strengthening anganwadis to cut down malnutrition, birth tools to improve maternal and neonatal health in the state, eliminating Japanese encephalitis and other vector-borne diseases and also working of his foundation’s expertise sewerage solution to clean the rivers.
Well, this is certainly a sweet gesture from this billionaire, which rightly proves that he is undoubtedly rich at heart as well!