The need for all to prioritize education cannot be overemphasized and that is why the United Nations dedicated the 24th of January as a special day to celebrate the International Day for Education. This reemphasizes the importance of prioritizing education and the need for every child to be given a right to fundamental education.
Education can be seen as the process of learning, training and developing the knowledge, skill, mind, and character, of individuals. It can be seen as a gift that can affect one’s whole being.
The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘To invest in people, Prioritize Education.” To prioritize education means to prioritize the future. Education helps a child’s mind to grow and develop. Thus, shaping a better and more knowledgeable society. It is like giving every child an opportunity to become the best version of themselves.
However, prioritizing education demands a lot of sacrifices. According to Aristotle, ‘the roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet’. He is merely trying to say that going to school, studying, making great grades, and giving it your best can be tedious and tiring but it holds wonderful results.
The United Nations’ prioritization of quality education has been reaffirmed by their inclusion of quality education as the fourth out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
According to them, “Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrollment rate in developing regions reached 91 per cent in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before.
In addition, when you think of the theme “to invest in people, prioritize education”
Three important factors come to mind;
The home, the school and the community.
These three factors contribute in a great way to grooming learned and informed people who have the zeal to always make a difference and create a change wherever they are.
The home is the first place a child’s education starts. From learning how to talk, courtesy, to walk and do chores, parents contribute to educating their children. The Home is the setting for a child’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. The family, particularly parents, play an important role in the development of moral values in children. Parents have to determine which school is best for their children and enrol their children in a good school and
The School as an institution of learning has a great responsibility. A good school that prioritizes education should be able to provide a conducive learning environment for students. They should have seasoned teachers who have a passion for impacting knowledge in students. Schools should also have efficient resources that can facilitate learning among student
Education is the bedrock of any developed society. The Community that puts in place good policies that support education positively impacts children and holds the promise of a beautiful future for the children.
Here are the Top Six Reasons Why We Should Prioritize Education
1: Promotes global and national development
2: Increases literacy rate
3: Creates more sources of income and happy life.
4: Develops creativity and critical thinking.
5. Promotes self-realization and confidence.
6. Creates equal opportunities.
To give education an utmost priority, all hands must be on deck. A day like this puts a call across everybody especially educators to contribute their quota by ensuring every child gets a basic education. This will help to unlock the hidden potential in young ones for a more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful future.
Nelson Mandela rightly said that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
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