Education is the key to change the world. It reduces poverty, decreases racism, eliminates gender inequality, prevents needless deaths, and most importantly fosters peace. Yet, there are many in the world, who still do not have basic education.
Only Education can change the world. Nelson Mandela, one of my heroes, advocates education as the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world. In particular, changing people’s ideas and concepts of one race being better than another. Growing up in UK where my cousins played “spot the black man”, was a difficult thing. Back then, in the 60s, school was a daily torture, of racist remarks and bullying just because your dad is black and your hair is fuzzy. Mandela was one who rose above racism to change the world around him.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Mandela’s famous quote spurs me on to make ILTT a teaching community where education does change the world for some of those in need. Starting small – a little drop in the ocean – we’re helping in Solomon Islands. From where I live in Australia, that’s 2 hours to Adelaide, then fly to Brisbane and from there a 3-hour flight to Honiara the capital of Solomon Islands. Maybe I’ll see you there, too, one year on one of our teaching workshops. If you are interested to get involved please contact us for more information.
Having lived in remote Solomon Islands (SI) for 15 years, I founded ILTT for teachers to help teachers in need. In particular we’re focusing on teachers in the Islands who need more training and basic teaching resources. There are many primary schools but not enough for everyone. I began one primary school in the Islands and trained teachers but one is not enough. You, too, can help to change the world by enabling the ‘Love to Teach Foundation’ to fulfil it’s goal. Just by being an active member as a buyer or a seller. You could also join us in the Islands sharing your teaching skills on one of the workshops. If interested do apply.
Teachers in many parts of the world, not just Solomon Islands, receive little income if any at all. As in SI, higher education may only be open to a small percentage of those who pass primary education. In SI by students have to pass the national HICKS test (which is taken in Year 6 at the end of Primary). Those who do get the opportunity of higher education, are empowered to change the world they live in. They learnt to use their brain. I have seen many who, with a good basic education, made their local world a better place for others in need. It may not be much to our western eyes but it’s enough to start that hunger for learning.
Many studies show that people who have received an education are less likely to resort to violence. Whereas people who have not received an education, are much more likely to be persuaded by others to violence. There are too many of those who can manipulate by clever arguments and cause people to commit atrocities in the name of freedom. Education is the strongest weapon, bar love, to change the world we live in.
People of all nations have opinions and beliefs. Education can aid in encouraging people to think outside the box and change the world. To have confidence to lead and make decisions based on a thorough knowledge base. When we teach, our aim should be to encourage leadership skills as these are needed on the family level as well as a nation. Think if every family was led well. Every child needs to learn to lead no matter what walk of life they end up in.
Every year my primary class learn about Solomon Island (SI) culture and compare it with another culture of their choice. Part of that involved writing to Solomon Island pen-friends. It’s a simple and easy thing to do, with great benefits to students in both cultures. I love it, too, when they exchange some small gift in their letters. SI shell money was sent from the Islands and my Aussie students send something Aussie – a bush hat or a decorated pen. Oh the smiles when they read each others letters. Every little connection helps to change the world with education.
Then there is a wonderful organisation called ISSOS International Summer Schools held in the university towns of UK. High school students are given the opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in a three-week program. The following quote is from an article written by Jen Munro (2015), one of ISSOS’s International teachers.
Even if education cannot in itself change our heart, yet it goes a long way to changing the mind to think. Truly thoughtful life makes wrong decisions much less likely and fewer wrong actions taken. Without education we are paupers. With it we are rich.