Impact through Education: We can shape society if we educate ourselves

AFRICA AS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MODERN EDUCATION

The continent Africa gave birth to a lot of ideas that shape our modern world. As far as 800 years back, it already hosted the first university of the world in Timbuktu, where men and women of letters gathered together to exchange ideas – from astrology to religion and other important discoveries.

EDUCATION CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WHERE GOVERNMENTS FAIL

Yet, nowadays, in many regions of the continent, governments continue to fail those who are systematically left on the margins: women, girls, children and many more. As a result, the human rights of the most vulnerable citizens are neglected and ethnic and religious tensions are worsened for personal and political gain. Sadly, one tactic that has often been used to achieve this is to deprive the large majority of the people from educational opportunities, such that citizens do not know what their rights are.

Education can help bridge the gap between ethnic, religious and cultural tensions. If people are not raised to be active from their childhood on, to be responsible participants in their communities and to participate in the activities needed towards achieving development, then it is less likely that any form of peace will be sustainable in the long term. And peace is a key ingredient to meaningful progress.

RESEARCH IS ALSO KEY TO CHANGE

Progress cannot easily occur without educated minds ready to take on its challenges. Indeed, progress depends on research, adaptability, innovation, and an ability to think for oneself. In a way, we owe it to the enlightened men and women who first shared their ideas at ‘Sankore University’ in Timbuktu, over 800 years ago.

Furthermore, better education can serve as the key to active and effective participation on all levels of society. It is a vital part of achieving better relations among people, of fostering respect for others, and of engaging citizens in more social action and public awareness.

EDUCATION ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE AN IMPACT

There are several ways better education can make us take more responsibility and have a bigger impact on the society around us:

  • We can become better informed about how a proper democracy and electoral process function, leading, ultimately, to creating stable governments for the people and by the people.
  • Better education can teach us to be more ethically responsible and respectful towards the environment, our plants, animals, natural resources etc. These are only finite, so we need to make sure to protect them for future generations.
  • We can become more critical and challenging of situations that in their current form might not be productive for society. This can be vital for constructive growth
  • We can become more enlightened about how to deal with those who suffer from mental health issues and learning difficulties. This will improve the learning process for both teachers and students

Lastly, education is so much more than formal schooling. There is so much to be learned from our communities – rural and urban – by being more aware and open to exposure. We can then reflect on past failings and injustices, so that we can explore new visions and concepts, new modes of learning and thinking, all of which can help to bring about desired changes in the world.

SHIVANI MISRA

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17 Comments

  1. Mudasir Na-Anabi 4 years ago January 27, 2017

    EDUCATION ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE AN IMPACT
    There are several ways better education can make us take more responsibility and have a bigger impact on the society around us:
    We can become better informed about how a proper democracy and electoral process function, leading, ultimately, to creating stable governments for the people and by the people.
    Better education can teach us to be more ethically responsible and respectful towards the environment, our plants, animals, natural resources etc. These are only finite, so we need to make sure to protect them for future generations

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    • Leonard Okala 4 years ago March 2, 2017

      Fully aligned. Education is the best gift that children can receive from parents or society. It’s the best investment to be made on young generations. Attending schools surely gives access to education, but so many other social interactions and so many other channels provide it on a lifetime basis.

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  2. Oliver Valerio Osman Julio 4 years ago February 2, 2017

    Education is the strongest tool that we can use to change the World!

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  3. Reath Thomas 4 years ago February 8, 2017

    The world is meant to move ahead through research which is the real out come of an education. We must learn through education provision to all.

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    • rightforeducation 4 years ago February 23, 2017

      Dear Reath! Many thanks for your comment. We absolutely agree, everybody has a right to education and that is what we have made our mission. Make sure to spread the message, keep checking this website and follow us on Facebook to receive the latest updates on our content. All the best to you!

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  4. musa jobarteh 4 years ago February 18, 2017

    Education is a vital aspect of social and economic development and the need to promote. and sustain it should be the business of every country. It is therefore, very crucial for parents to send their children to school as they are the future leaders who will take the responsibility of building the country when the lesders retire due to old age.

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  5. Bernard Ngambi 4 years ago February 21, 2017

    Education is the only way to develop Africa & eradicate poverty

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  6. zekarias 4 years ago February 27, 2017

    No way that eradicate dormantism ,racism, hopeless,war fire,destruction human resources I.S.S
    …….etc if we do not deep rooted by education.

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  7. nathan ngbakpa 4 years ago February 28, 2017

    L’

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  8. Adam Issah 4 years ago March 4, 2017

    Education makes the difference between a developed and a developing country, every country’s development depends on the human resources available and a quality human resources can only come out of a vibrant, appropriate and innovative educational system.

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  9. Bukhari Musa Lere 4 years ago March 5, 2017

    Education also lead us to build a happy family across cultures around the globe.

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  10. Musa Abubakar 4 years ago March 9, 2017

    Education is the first step in our lives when a child’s growing. It is the key to success.

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  11. Titus Tweh 4 years ago March 13, 2017

    So true, education is a right not a privilege. We all need good education to make the world a better place.

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  12. Yusuf Kabir Danladi 4 years ago March 13, 2017

    “Edu-care” (800yrs), now; Education; which is the key of successes through knowledge, hence; it’s an asset to entire generation, thus; “Africans”

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  13. SOME JEAN DE DIEU, SECONDARY SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER And Translator (BF) 4 years ago March 14, 2017

    There is no debate on he importance of education. The question now is: What kind of education are we giving to tomorrow leaders? At school, innchurches, in Mosques, at home and in the streets? If our world is at the edge of becoming a new jumgle , it is probable because of BAD education. No one is uneducated. We are all educated to something. But now what is that thing? Observe and you will have an appropriate answer because that thing determine the actions and reactions of those people around us and the person within us.

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  14. Fentaw Alemu 4 years ago August 12, 2017

    education is the key factor of mankind ideology and education the major tool to against poverty….

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  15. mohamed dahir jama 3 years ago November 12, 2017

    Education is the key of life. And also everybody must be learn to promote himself. And then his country. education is the way that leading the positive side. I wish u all the best

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