I'm just wanting everyone's opinions of this practice in Amed.
Most of us who have been there would have seen the liitle books they give you to read asking that you buy from them to support thier schooling and school. And I can gaurantee most of us have bought from them.
BUT education is free is Indonesia for children of this age..............
Some of the expat owned businesses display signs asking tourists not to buy from these children because the money doesn't go to the schools at all, and encourages them to be lazy.
I personally don't think that it is lazy to sell goods, so I disagree on this point with them, but I do feel that whoever it was that wrote out these pages for these children is responsible for promoting a situation that is not always beneficial to the children. Surely, their time would be better spent playing, being children, or doing homework rather than hawking cheap goods on the beach to tourists.
And in most cases these children have enough basic english (in my experience) that they don't need the written blurb to explain where the money is supposd to be going. The blurb, obviously written by an english as a first language, person, just acts as a tool to encourage (and shame) the tourist into handing over cash.
Opinions welcome :-)