3 Ways Education
Can Change the World
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”
Education can change the world
How can Education change the world?
One - a safer world with better leadership
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.
Two - connecting kids worldwide
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.
Three - challenge and change in teens' worldview
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.
Education can help to change the world
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.
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