A good education lays the path for a better quality of life. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Education allows us to discover ourselves, our environment and our world; and to make educated choices about our future. Educated men and women have the skills, information and self-confidence to make better parents, workers and citizens. People that are educated tend to have better paying jobs, be more law abiding, healthier and educate their own children better. Understanding the long term effects education has, not only with an individual but with our world and generations to come is extremely important in helping us put the proper emphasize needed on education. Aristotle, a famous Greek philosopher, once said, “Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” I agree with Aristotle that the education one receives defines the difference in how “well” we live.
Education is a basic right for all children around the world, yet in the developing world there are almost two billion children, most of which are not receiving a proper education, or any education at all. According to the Global Fund for Children one in five children, 120 to 125 million children, are not enrolled in school. Of those who do receive an education, mostly in the developing world, one in five will not make it past the fifth grade. The lack of education for much of the world’s children is of grave concern, and continues to impact not only the life’s of the children themselves, but the development and progress of entire nations. If a large majority of a country’s children are not educated, the prospect of the future leaders is marred for many generations.
As a world community we are fighting poverty, disease, war, child labor, child soldiers, human slavery, trafficking, and so much more, yet our biggest fight and the root of so many issues is a lack of education. Children and adults who are illiterate or uneducated are more susceptible for victimization and therefore decreases life expectancy.
The lack of education in the developing world means more than just another generation of illiterate children, who will enter into the same cycle as their parents. This is a generation of children who will continue into a life of poverty, with no real tools to fight the cycle that plagues their families and villages. Children do not go to school, or are pulled from school, for a number of reasons; however the main one is that children are used to assist their families and work. It must be clearly understood that while many children are forced to work in horrid child labor conditions, much of which is child slavery, many are working alongside their families in the fields or home.
The problem with education in poorer countries, is not only a lack of funding for education, but also a lack of infrastructure, so therefore while basic education may be mandatory in many countries, the quality of education is far from adequate. As the educational demands around the industrialized nations increase, the developing world is falling even farther behind. With a the basic educational needs of children so often not met, children are not being given a fighting chance at breaking the cycle of poverty, disease, abuse, war, and so much more. Education is more than an escape, it is a fundamental right, and we must work together to ensure that all of the world’s children receive a basic education. However we must not stop with basic education, we must work to ensure that children have the opportunities to obtain all levels of education, and close the educational gap between the unindustrialized and industrialized countries. Children are our world’s most valuable resources, and therefore we must make substantial investments into developing those resources.
If we keep crossing our arms, waiting for this to solve itself, nothing will ever happen and the world’s future will continue to suffer. We must stop blaming the government and start doing something about it because if they will not listen our voices, they might listen to our actions. Let’s stand together and fight for our children, for the future leaders of the world. Let’s share the opportunities we were privileged to have and leave no one behind. Join the fight and change their reality!