Education is humanity’s best hope and most effective means in the quest to achieve sustainable development. Educating for a sustainable future and cannot be taken for granted.
Today’s students need “twenty-first-century skills,” like critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and digital literacy. Learners of all ages need to become familiar with new technologies and cope with rapidly changing workplaces.
In democracy for example, students not only learn in classrooms but also learn by observing democratic processes in the adult world and we have a responsibility to ensure that boys and girls everywhere complete a full course of primary schooling. We need not only education in democracy, but also democracy in education.
Preparing the young for a better world or to be good adult workers is only one of the purposes of schooling, we also need better democrats, citizens, more people aware of the common good and willing to work for it.
Innovation has to be harnessed and governments should work with parent and teacher associations, as well as the private sector and civil-society organizations, to find the best and most constructive ways to improve the quality of education.
We better off than we were millenniums ago, access to the bare necessities of life has never been easier – shelter electricity, food, and hygiene have considerably improved the quality of our lives but the one essential element that separates us from the dumb, that helps create better societies, develop virtues and gives us a sense of freedom—is Education and many around the world are still deprived of it.
The classic definition of education is ”the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university”. But education is much more than that, it is a process of continuous learning which can be acquired anywhere at any time and any age and the fundamental right of every citizen, because it promotes empowerment and ensures development benefits. Education can be used for the upliftment of society since it helps elevate the social and economic conditions in the marginalized sections of society.
To be sure, the responsibility for providing citizens with a quality education rests, first and foremost, with national governments. Education is a right for everyone, it is a right for girls, just as it is for boys. It is a right for disabled children, just as it is for everyone else. It is a right for the 37 million out-of-school children and youth in countries affected by crises and conflicts. Education is a right regardless of where you are born and where you grow up. So we should ensure that the right is upheld emencely.
Education makes us better citizens by teaching us how to conduct ourselves through life by following rules and regulations and giving us a sense of conscience. It make us more confident to go out there and achieve things. Many governments across the world have recognized the importance of education as a tool to enhance progress and make the world a better place.
How do we achieves a better world with instructions?
- It helps progress: Better education opens up a host of opportunities and this is especially relevant in the times we live in where technology and instruction ensure that opportunities are not bound by geography.
- It helps us stand up against wrong and for the right: Education helps lower crime rate. That’s because the educated can differentiate between what’s right and what’s wrong. Research has shown that increasing the high school completion rate by just 1 percent for all men ages 20-60 would save regions of the world with up to $1.4 billion per year in reduced costs from crime.
- It gives us a healthier lifestyle: Better educated people tend to live longer and have better lifestyles.
- Helps us to be more productive: It is a fact well known that the more degrees you have, better would be your economic performance. There is a deep connection between education and productivity and in this age where there is competition at every turn, education is what will help an industry and subsequently a nation, to flourish.
- It helps us connect across borders: Digital education has helped achieve this. Education has given students from across borders opportunities to connect and communicate and work towards building a better future and a better world.
- It gives empowerment: Education helps turn weakness into strength. Education gives us the confidence to stand for ourselves. It improves our decision making capabilities, makes us mobile and gives us access to social networks. Many researches have proven that in countries where women are subjected to gender bias, education helped them stand up against marital violence, improved their decision making capabilities and helped them take charge of their own lives.
Education is the only solution to providing a better developed world.