The Importance of Education
Education is a vitally important part of life and for many of us, learning is a lifelong experience. Throughout life, we all learn new skills and develop our understanding, using a variety of different ways to expand our knowledge each and every day – often without even realising it! However, it is the learning that we do early on in our lives which has the capacity to really set us up for the future and ensure that we are in the best possible position to succeed.
Learning Through Life
From the moment they are born, our children begin to learn about the world and the environment around them. From learning the sound of our voices to developing recognition of body language and facial cues, all of these things and more are subconscious learning processes we all go through. As we get older, we learn to roll over, crawl, walk and talk. We are constantly influenced by the world and the people around us, processing the day’s events and learning from our daily experiences.
Once they reach a certain age, our children go to nursery and school, where the learning process becomes more rigid and structured. Goals, targets and levels for learning are introduced, and our children are taught the curriculum set out for each individual subject. Opportunities for creative play and individual learning are greatly reduced, whereas the time for traditional subjects and core skills is multiplied.
As they grow older, our children sit exams, read books to further their knowledge, and begin independently working to choose their own path in life. From focusing on certain subjects to choosing a college course or university degree and, eventually, mapping out a career path, it is these important learned skills that will stick with us throughout our lives, in both our personal and professional lives.
All of this just goes to show why receiving a good education is so important.
The Value of Education
Of course, in the Western world, we place great significance on the value of education. Learning is seen as a right rather than a privilege – to us, education is something that every child is entitled to receive. We send our children to school every day with the knowledge that they will be taught what they need to succeed in later life. From reading and writing to maths and science, we know that our children will be taught a balanced, useful combination of subjects and topics.
Education: A Right or a Luxury?
However, there are many children around the world to whom education is seen as a luxury. Often unattainable, underprivileged children in certain parts of the world struggle to access an education – something which we see as a basic human right. In these countries, young children must forego an education and go to work in order to help provide for their families. Instead of sitting in the classroom, vulnerable children and young people are out on the streets, trying their hardest to earn a living. However, the heart-breaking reality is that many of these children struggle to earn enough money even to buy food to eat.
In war-torn countries like Syria, countless children have been orphaned as a result of the ongoing conflict. With no parents to care for them, these youngsters have little choice but to do what they can to scrape by.
Luckily, there are ways in which we can all help children across the world access their right to an education. Orphan sponsorship is a great way to set up a regular donation which goes directly towards improving the life of a vulnerable child in need of support – it is a great way to help make a positive, lasting contribution.
As you wave your children off at the school gates, prepare a packed lunch or sit down to help with a particularly tricky piece of homework, spare a thought for all the children around the world who have never been able to realise their dream of going to school. Education is a vital part of daily life, from birth right through to adulthood. Isn’t it time that we worked together to create a brighter future for the next generation?
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