Socialism In Action: Venezuelan Kids Fainting From Hunger In School

You know, this is a major embarrassment for the self-proclaimed Socialist government

Students Fainting From Hunger in Venezuela’s Failing School System

Hundreds of children filed into their school courtyard to hear a local Catholic bishop lead prayers for their education.

“We pray for the youths who are on the streets and can’t come to school,” said Bishop Jorge Quintero, addressing the Augusto D’Aubeterre Lyceum school in the beach town of Boca de Uchire on a steamy morning in October. “There are a lot of them.”

By the end of the 15-minute ceremony, five children had fainted and two of them were whisked away in an ambulance.

The faintings at the primary school have become a regular occurrence because so many students come to class without eating breakfast, or dinner the night before. In other schools, children want to know if there is any food before they decide whether to go at all.

“You can’t educate skeletal and hungry people,” said Maira Marín, a teacher and union leader in Boca de Uchire.

What’s causing this?

Venezuela’s devastating six-year economic crisis is hollowing out the school system — once the pride of the oil-rich nation and, for decades, an engine that made the country one of the most upwardly mobile in the region. These schools in the past provided children even in remote areas with a solid shot at the country’s best universities, which in turn opened doors to top American schools and a place among Venezuela’s elite.

Hunger is just one of the many problems chipping away at them now. Millions of Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years, depleting the ranks of students and teachers alike. Many of the educators who remain have been driven from the profession, their wages made nearly worthless by years of relentless hyperinflation. In some places, barely 100 students show up at schools that once taught thousands.

What could be at the root?

It is a major embarrassment for the self-proclaimed Socialist government, which has long preached social inclusion. The situation is in sharp contrast to countries that Venezuelan leaders have held up as role models — Cuba and Russia — both of which have managed to shelter the primary education system from the worst effects of a comparable downturn in the 1990s.

See? It’s a major embarrassment! Because Cuba and Russia have made it work or something! Hey, is anyone actually talking about the quality of the educational systems of those nations? Bueller?

Some Venezuelan children are staying home because many schools have stopped providing meals or because their parents can no longer afford uniforms, school utensils or bus fares. Others have joined parents in one of the world’s biggest displacement crises: About four million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015, according to the United Nations.

The article does delve into the some of the major economic problems in Venezuela, but, fails to make the link that this is what you get with a Modern Socialist government. That this started with Hugo Chavez, mentioned in the article, and has continued with Madura. That the policies are unsustainable.

Maracaibo’s biggest school no longer has any functioning bathrooms. It was designed for 3,000 students; only 100 now show up.

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12 Responses to “Socialism In Action: Venezuelan Kids Fainting From Hunger In School”

  1. John says:

    Rudy Giuliani is under investigation for money laundering
    His clients were those “socialists” tgst were looting Venezuela of over1 billion
    Any comment on that Teach ?

    • formwiz says:

      And Trump is under investigation for collusion with Russia and blackmailing Ukraine. /sarc

      Same result.

      No there there.

    • Doom and Gloom says:

      Someone who works for Trump being under investigation by the Democrats?

      Whoda thunk it John. Whoda thunk it!

  2. Kye says:

    I hate to point this out to ya, Johnny Boy but the entire leftist Democrat strategy has been “Why legislate when we can investigate instead?”

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      The Dems have been legislating like crazy, Kye Boy, but the entire GOP has put the Senate on hold.

      • formwiz says:

        They have?

        Sure must come as a surprise to even Democrats who think it’s time for all the crybabies to Move On.

        I’m talking Bill Maher, the founder of BET, a lot of independents and swing staters, the 7% of Hildabeast voters that now support Trump, and even the Mocha Messiah himself.

        And legislating does not necessarily mean putting up bills anyone in their right mind wants to see enacted as law. Once you get pat all the environut, feminist, gun control, and other associated Lefty dishrags, not a whole lot of meat for the American people.

        In all, a grand total of 16 bills. Not exactly a world beater of an agenda.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          You probably just made an honest mistake.

          159 bills passed The House since Jan. 50 resolutions were agreed to.

          Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell, not to mention trump, aren’t interested in governance.

          • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

            Yep. That’s something Harry “The Searchlight Strangler” Reid never did.

            BWAHA! Lolgfy whining little sissybitch

          • formwiz says:

            Not according to Wiki, but you give us a link and we’ll check it out.

            As for Cocaine Mitch, the caveat was putting up bills anyone in their right mind wants to see enacted as law.

            And resolutions aren’t law.

          • Doom and Gloom says:

            Under the GOP and Ryan they passed over 1000 ONE THOUSAND bills. Nancy Pelosi has done nothing but carefully orchestrate bills designed to win 2020 and NOT HELP PEOPLE.

  3. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host quoted:

    Maracaibo’s biggest school no longer has any functioning bathrooms. It was designed for 3,000 students; only 100 now show up.

    What’s this? Is the article saying that the young pioneers brought up on socialism — remember, Señor Chavez terms began in February of 1999, so every student in the Venezuelan public schools has been reared under a socialist government — aren’t the socially conscious and good natured people we’ve been told socialists would be?

    Why else would the bathrooms be non-functional, other than the little hooligans destroyed them? Once a bathroom exists, it only takes a little bit of preventative maintenance and, in a school, getting cleaned daily by the janitors, to remain in working order.

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