Can We Do Something For The Impoverished Masses Of Africa?

Everyone knows about the recent oil and gas discoveries of Africa in recent years and the influx of foreign investors in the region. According to an estimate of the financial experts of World Bank in 2006, the oil revenues of Africa were expected to increase by a $200 billion between 2000-2010. But why is it that the masses are still wallowing in poverty and abject misery? Are only a chosen few reaping the benefits of the new discoveries in the African natural resources? Creating translation jobs could be a solution, though other measures need to be taken by the African governments.

impoverished-childrenIt is indeed a sad state of affairs that the whole continent is in the grip of poverty and half of the population on the continent is still living abominable lives with no decent jobs, no education for their kids, no health facilities and an uncertain, bleak future. Where the recent investments have created thousands of jobs for the literates, still an alarming percentage of the African population is   getting no share in the benefits reaped by the other half of the population. Human rights activists have shown their concern over this situation. There are families sustaining themselves on less than $1 dollar per day and one can imagine about the living standard they would have.

The land of Africa is abound with natural resources but an unequal distribution of them has resulted in high poverty rate. All African countries are battling with poverty including Nigeria, Sudan, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo to name a few. With foreign investors and excavators coming to the region, the more literate ones can be offered jobs as French, Portuguese and even Spanish translators whereas the less educated people can serve as interpreters on the field to communicate with the labor if not in official meetings. But due to illiteracy rate being high, not many poor Africans know a second language and they can only communicate in their regional dialects.

The African governments need to wake up from their slumber and address the needs of their people by offering them jobs, decent housing schemes, health insurance and education for their kids. Food deficiency and malnutrition in African kids has always been a problem for Africa. It is high time to solve these long standing issues to alleviate the misery of the local populace. The developed nations coming for investments in Africa also need to communicate with the common African people and to bring them on-board with the recent developments in the economies of their countries. The common African man feels resentment towards the foreign investors because the foreign investment has widened the gap between the rich and the poor. Professional and certified translators working in Africa have this great responsibility on their shoulders, to interact with the local public and communicate their concerns and problems to the foreign investors who can then play their part in taking small measures for the local masses. But the African governments cannot be absolved of their responsibility towards the poverty-ridden masses of their countries.

Nepotism is rife in the African governments where politicians like to reward their supporters, family members and friends after coming into power, resulting in “big governments” which the region cannot afford at the moment. Corruption is another factor involved in the present decrepit condition of half of the African population. It has been recently reported that foreign investors bribe the government officials in African countries to obtain permits etc.

A change should come for all and not for a chosen few because it then results in political instability and unrest among the population which would prove to be a big obstacle in carrying out trade and foreign investment agreements with the developed nations.

ICT and People with Special Needs

In recent years the issue of social adaptation of people with special needs is particularly striking. One of the most important tasks of social adaptation is to give these people full of opportunities and quality education. With the intensive presence of the internet and modern information and communication technologies in our everyday lives, particularly relevant is the issue of equal access to electronic information resources and global network. Internet and World Wide Web is an important resource in many aspects (education, employment, health care, etc.) for all who can use it. However, as Japanese Translation San Francisco  workers say, the fact is that certain populations have greater difficulties in accessing these resources.

Providing Internet access means offering alternative ways and means of Internet communication, not only for people with permanent or temporary disabilities (including visual, auditory, motor, speech, cognitive or neurological), but with varying capabilities (eg due to of age).Currently, most Web sites or network software (internet browsers, tools for creating interactive media) have limitations in terms of accessibility, making it difficult or impossible for their use by people with special educational needs. In this respect, the above Houston Chinese Translation workers think that it is good to consider ways to provide various opportunities for people with disabilities. To develop accessible web design, in fact, is simply to comply with the standards for programming, which, unfortunately, many designers do not do.

Ensuring Internet accessibility for people with special educational needs can be done in many ways, some of which are very simple solutions – tools to change the size and type of fonts, change colors, etc.. There are also special software and hardware technologies developed to overcome problems of access to information Such are: alternative input devices – adapted keyboards, ergonomic mice; alternative output devices – Braille displays, Braille printers and others; specialized software; universal design.