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The road to truth is very tough

April 24, 2014 - 6:13:14 am

Seeking the roots of a problem is not easy and so those who sit on comfortable leather chairs behind beautiful desks will not be able to put their fingers on the cause.

Let me tell you two stories, the first is new and the second old. However, both have a lesson to learn.

The first story is about a Polish MP, Artur Debski, who decided to leave his country and live as a migrant in London, looking for a job and a flat and surviving on £100 a week.

The aim, he said, was “to see why the system in Britain is working and why that in Poland is not. ‘I want to see why people in Britain are happy and we are not.’ We need to tell the people of Poland and our government what works in the UK and then ask it to bring these to Poland”. 

Debski expects to wash dishes at restaurants, take up cleaning jobs and do anything that helps him survive in Britain, as other immigrants do, in order to discover the reasons for the success of the British system.

Research centres say that around three-quarters of Poles living in UK prefer to stay there and start a new life, and 40pc of them apply for British citizenship.

New figures from Poland’s National Bank revealed that remittances by Poles to their families back home decreased gradually when they started new lives in their new homeland.

So I wonder, what distinguishes Britain from other European countries as far as attracting people from different parts of the world is concerned?

Moreover, why do Arab migrants leave other European countries to settle down in UK?

There are some things that I can speak about, but I believe it is a country designed for life.

Everything in this country serves the human being, including its means of transportation, its administration, systems, and diversity. I will not talk much about this. Let’s go back to our first story.

The Polish MP might return to his country carrying an integrated report that could contribute toward making Poland a better country.

He might be honest in his research, and all this may be a part of his party’s public relations campaign, as some people claim. It does not matter. What is important is the result the report will achieve.

The second story is what I was told while attending a training course in the United States years ago, by a lecturer who worked with the American government.

He said, “When I was working for the government in one of the US midwest states, the Education Authority issued a report on the increasing dropout rate among Red Indian school students. I was asked to search for the cause and I knew I won’t be able to find it while sitting in my office.”

“I decided to live with the children for a week. I slept with them, went to school with them and studied with them to know why they dropped out of school at an early age”.

He said that he called on a family with school-age children who lived on the edge of the desert, and rented a room for a week.

He said he woke up with their children; took the school bus with them, sat in the class and went home at the end of the day. He figured out the problem after a few days.

The problem lay in the school bus. It passed through an unpaved and bumpy road that was dusty. The bus was not air conditioned despite the summer being very hot, so children had to suffer in the heat and dust for more than an hour.

He then filed a report with his manager and asked him to replace the old buses with air-conditioned ones promptly. 

After this, the school dropout rate of Red Indian students decreased.

In both stories, there was a problem that someone decided to seek a solution to. He suffered in order to get to the root of the problem.