Why not change the world with education as Nelson Mandela’s famous quote inspires. 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, many do not have basic Education.
Nelson Mandela one of my heroes once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world.” In particular, he tried to change people’s ideas and concepts of one race being better than another.
Many studies show that people who have received an education are less likely to resort to violence. Many manipulate with intelligent arguments causing people to commit atrocities in the name of freedom. Yet education still stands as the most potent weapon, bar love, to change the world.
Paul Ellis Head of Teaching & Learning at Cambridge Assessment International Education, states “Mandela’s legacy lives on in myriad ways – through the policies he implemented, the foundations and charities he created and – for many – through the words he spoke and wrote”.
Mandela used his education and life experience for good. He said: “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine; that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation.
Why not change the world today with education? It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another”.
Why not change the world we live in now? So, I got inspired to create a community where the revenue helps teachers in need. Having lived in remote Solomon Islands (SI) for 15 years, I founded I Love To Teach (ILTT) for teachers to help teachers in need.
There are many primary schools but not enough for everyone and not many resources. I began one primary school in the Islands, taught a class and trained teachers, but one is not enough. Teachers earn peanuts or not at all but they love to teach and help kids learn.
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 students have to pass the national HICKS test (which students take in Year 6 at the end of Primary).
Those who do get the opportunity of Higher Education are empowered to change their world. I have seen many who, with a sound education, make their social world a better place for others in need.
Even if Education cannot in itself change our heart, yet it goes a long way to improving the mind to think. Truly thoughtful life makes bad decisions much less likely, so we take fewer wrong actions. Without Education, we are paupers. With it we are rich.
As the old Chinese saying goes: