“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela
Education plays an important role in transforming the lives of people. It does not just concern with academic learning and does not restrict itself to textbooks, but extends itself to include the application of values, knowledge and skills that have been acquired by the individual over the years. Education can bring changes in the world in two ways, i.e. through the empowerment of individuals and the generation of knowledge. Byproducts of education, in the form of empowerment and knowledge generation, are the most compelling weapons that can change the world in different and potent ways.
Education can bridge the socio-economic divide that is present in our society, as it equips the people with necessary skills and abilities that would help them to strive for themselves and to provide themselves with the basic necessities of life. In addition, education can be used as a tool to eradicate poverty. Education that targets marginalized and poor populations will bring change to many of the systemic factors that have contributed to the delay in poor communities’ development and can prevent the diffusion of poverty between generations.
Education can bring changes in the health profile of an individual, family, society, nation and mankind all over the world. Researchers found that there is a 50% chance of an educated mother to protect herself and her children from illnesses if she is educated and it is more likely that her child could survive past age five. Education works as a pathfinder to awaken people and make them more aware of the causes of various diseases.
According to the World Bank report on civil war, it is estimated that the risk of war dwindled considerably with an increase in education. This is because education inculcates the practice of independent thinking that leads to the creation of new ideas. Independent thinkers do not blindly follow the beliefs of others and draw their own conclusion on issues related to the world. Any problem being faced by the world can be resolved practically and logically with the help of these individuals.
Education has made a huge difference to the lives of disabled people. It equips them with increased levels of confidence and problem solving abilities. By being a
part of an educational institution, children learn to understand the differences and similarities between people in the real world. They learn to respect and appreciate diversity as they interact with students of diverging abilities and cultures.
India, being a patriarchal society, is still plagued by a number of issues. The practices of female foeticide, female infanticide, child marriage, dowry, and child trafficking still exist. Female children are looked down upon due to the inferior status that has been attached to them since centuries. One of the few ways to eradicate these practices is educate the masses and make them more literate.
Education also has a positive impact on women empowerment as it equips the female population with an increased level of confidence and rationality that helps them to fulfil a number of economic, social and cultural responsibilities which can in turn bridge the gender gap, along with the socio-economic hierarchy that persists in society. Through education, women can respond effectively to opportunities and challenge the traditional roles that have been assigned to them. An educated woman can contribute towards the betterment of society by challenging the mal-traditions targeting women.
Education also has a similar impact in the realm of climate change and environmental degradation. It can deliver adequate scientific facts concerning these issues. It equips the younger generations with skills that will help in combating climate change while instilling the philosophy of sustainable development. Education has the power to show the youth of the world that they have wider responsibilities and are entitled to make decisions regarding the environment in which they have to live.
Education is the most powerful weapon that can change the world and make it a better place. Every nation will reach its pinnacle when education and equality of opportunity is provided to all. It equips the youth with employable skills that can help them in shaping their lives. Besides, it has transformed the lives of women and disabled people, all around the world, by empowering them and educating them about their rights; hence, education is the tool that can make everything possible and correct all the wrongs that plagued the world.
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