The first black president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Nelson Mandela, declared that, “The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation.” He succinctly asserted that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Matter of fact, the process from birth and death is marked with one form of education or the other. We learn to walk, talk and work. Whereas informal education is part of our everyday life, formal education that takes place in an organized setting such as school, colleges and higher institutions of learning among others is something we’re more concerned with it.
Recently the provision for education in both developed and developing economies has been under-funded by government just as the standard of especially public schools are falling. Yet, government, no community, no nation, and no people can develop economically, technologically, politically and otherwise without quality education that reaches everywhere without any one left behind. In fact, education is a right and government should do all within its reach to properly fund education both in urban centers and rural setting.
Education is a great tool for both personal and corporate of the citizens and inhabitants of any nation. Without the proper education, in spite of his oratory and audacity of his hope, first term U.S. Senator, Barack Obama, of African descent, wouldn’t have been able to attain the position of becoming the 44th president of the United States of America. In fact, it’s his education that nourished and polished his gift of oratory as well as nurtured and matured the spirit of resilience and audacity of hope in him.
Without proper education that enabled Larry Page and Sergey Brin to create Google, the fastest and largest search engine in the world, perhaps they wouldn’t have been to write and produce the great work. In fact, without the exposure and social integration that Stanford University in California afforded them to pursue post-graduate (doctors in philosophy) degree in their chosen field f study Larry and Brin perhaps couldn’t have crossed path at such a time in their sojourn on earth.
Further, without proper education coupled with his dogged faith and resilience Nelson Mandela wouldn’t have made such achievement including his global impact on the history of modern civilization. No wonder Mandela recognized education as a great driver OD sustainable development and the vehicle to bring equality of opportunity to peoples of diverse backgrounds in our global community.
Equally, without the relevant education she had Oprah Winfrey wouldn’t have attained the great peak she reached today. Its good education and making the best out of it that made Oprah a media mogul and billionaire philanthropist. Hence, today Oprah has invested a lot for the education of people, especially the children of the impoverished in our society. Mandela affirmed that “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. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
Unfortunately, in more recent time’s education of our young ones have been despised with governments and political leaders diverting attention to less important bogus projects. Many governments of the nations of the world don’t consider it rightful to freely provide education to their citizens. Yet as the
Unfortunately, in more recent times education of our young ones have been despised with governments and political leaders diverting attention to less important bogus projects. Many governments of the nations of the world don’t consider it rightful to freely provide education to their citizens. Yet as the President of the World Economic Forum, Borge Brende, revealed in The World Economic Forum COVID Action Plan, “Education is a human right. And, like other human rights, it cannot be taken for granted. Across the world, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents are out of school. More than 120 million children do not complete primary education. Behind these figures there are children and youth being denied not only a right, but opportunities: a fair chance to get a decent job, to escape poverty, to support their families, and to develop their communities.”
It is, therefore, sacrosanct on our leaders to commit to the development of educational infrastructure both in the private sector and public domain. It’s a task that must be done, because it’s within our reach to do and education must not be considered as a privilege but as a right for every child. As former President Mandela aptly observed, “It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations.” Leaders who fail to invest in educational development do not only small imagination but are selfish and retrogressive.
Commitment to educational development involves provision of learning equipment and building of infrastructures such as classrooms, libraries, play grounds, provision of chairs and desks and transportation vehicles for school children both in the urban and rural areas of our communities and nation. Educational development also involves hiring and training plus retraining of teachers while providing good incentives such improved salaries, health insurance and welfare packages among others. Provision of quality and accessible education engenders a free, equal and well-balanced society. There’s no end to the benefits that education brings. Educational development without doubt is an investment for empowering and lifting people to reach their full potentials, thus, enabling them to become innovative, useful and productive citizens of the world