Time and again we have spoken about how necessary education really is. It is a tool that brings one and all together to fight against many superstitions that are stopping the world from blossoming into something beautiful. Not just this, it plays a key factor in eliminating social evils that exist in the name of gender inequality, poverty, birth and death ratio. In a world where demonetizing old currency is the new trend, education can be a tender that has the most value globally currently.
If one looks at the global statistics today, more than 60 million children do not have access to schools and the ones who have access finish without basic literacy. It is so sad to read that more than 200 million children cannot put together words to read or count. Many people who feel for the cause have started to work towards making a change but truth be told the work is not at all easy and countries as a whole are falling short of resources to achieve the goal of education for all. They say that an educated woman can save a bird at her workplace and one at her home. She with educating herself can bring up a child with enforcing importance on education whist she juggles her skills at her workplace as well. That is why the statistics point out, 'A mother who can read can protect her children from chronic illnesses and dying young. A child born to a mother who can read is 50 percent more likely to survive past age five.' There are many stories of when women were alienated from society because of the lack of education, they did not have the knowledge to communicate with the outside world and lacked in self confidence amongst many other virtues. This is where the need to educate steps in, it helps you broaden your spectrum of knowledge so that you can hold your character strongly. This is one of the reasons why urbaneducated women have healthier children almost free of diseases. Adding to that, educated parents make sure that they immunize their children so they play major role in their growth and development. There are times when parents are burdened with the high cost of education and how stressful it can be. How to prepare their children to stay as a way as they can from the cycle of poverty and try to eradicate it from the face of the earth.
As Global Education announced its first initiative, they pointed out, "We cannot afford to waste the talents of a generation. People today often ask about my country's transformation from poverty to prosperity. Without hesitation, I answer that education was the key."
Speaking of superstitions, they exist in the society even today and are deeply integrated in our culture. It erupts all the more in a bunch where most people are not educated enough to reason why is there a need to follow a ritual that disturbs and makes no sense in a society today. They are nothing but a brainchild of the uneducated that did not have a reason to support their belief.
Being aware with being educated has always been the need of the hour. One cannot keep up with the evolution unless one is aware as it does not trap you in advisories that are not fruitful.
Many times, we see leaders talk about education as a basic need but if you come to think of it, it is a luxury is today's scenario. It is a luxury which helps you live a life that is healthy and safe in comparison to someone who cannot differentiate between safe and unsafe for one safe. You go further down from a city in a village and you will realize that there exists a world which is free of anti-biotic, healthy lifestyle or even vaccines for that matter. This is where an educated person stays healthier by resorting to a life that not only keeps him safe but others around him not prone to anything harmful. One notices many times that an uneducated person springs up arguments at times that might be uninformed and can cause harm to others and himself resulting in violent measures pulling away from being at peace. Isn't that the path to self destruction? That is the reason why if a nation is educated, they will walk towards carving a path to be self sufficient leading to an economy which is independent. But providing education for one and all should be the responsibility of the state as a major percentage of people in our country do not have the resources to afford this luxury. Hence education is the foundation of peace and prosperity for a nation.
Taking a cue from an economy that is flourishing, there is a need for everyone to have a job. One ought to have to work for self sufficiency so the need to be dependent on someone is not there. Education helps in working towards not just a healthy lifestyle but healthier opportunities for financial independence as well. It makes sure that no one is wasting their time, energy and most importantly talent and benefit from it. Education may not be the key to happiness, but it definitely is the key to things that come together to make one happy as the world runs on the motto of survival of the fittest. The skills needed to survive in the world include the ability to communicate and co-exist in a natural or un-natural habitat. It answers all the big questions of life and helps each and every individual to look outside the box and fend for themselves as destiny is nothing but what we make out of our life. Undeniably, it is the most powerful tool for change for all.
On that note, Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, "education is essential to good citizenship and that education is important to life because it enables people to contribute to their community and their country."