As the saying goes, “Education makes people easy to lead, but hard to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”
The above quote aptly illustrates the importance of education. Education involves both the teaching and learning of knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competence. Learning includes moral values, character improvement, and methods for building mental strength.
Education builds character, strengthens the mind, increases knowledge, and makes us independent. Education dispels ignorance. Through education, we are able to maximize our potential. The purpose of education is to reform the human mind. Education is the key to training the human mind. The human mind was designed to be prepared, so without education, a person is incomplete.
Educating a person makes him or her a good thinker and a good decision-maker. To judge the present better, a person needs education that educates him about the world around him and beyond, teaches him to reason, and teaches him about history.
The lack of education is like being locked in a closed room with no exits or entrances. Nevertheless, education opens up the world to man. Without the ability to read and write, an uneducated person is unable to gain knowledge and wisdom through books and other sources. The uneducated or less educated have fewer opportunities to live a fulfilling life.
Education will open up a person’s options for life. A well-educated individual will be a better citizen and able to make better decisions. Hence, people always prefer educated or more educated people for employment purposes, even for jobs that don’t require much education, such as office attendants or domestic help.
Every individual has a different level of understanding and learning, but education sharpens and improves them.
Consequently, education cannot be underestimated. People all over the world agree that education is the key to a healthy mind and a prosperous life.
India has a literacy rate of 61 percent, compared to the world’s literacy rate of 82 percent. According to the 2001 population census, the female literacy rate is 54.16 percent. These figures are both embarrassing and concerning.
Some people are unable to obtain an education due to socioeconomic issues, while others are unable to obtain an education due to a lack of resources. Still others simply avoid pursuing an education due to a lack of awareness about the value of education.
As a national policy, education is always prioritized due to its importance. The government is focusing on the root causes of illiteracy and working hard to eliminate it. Adult literacy programmes, continuing education programmes, weekend and part-time study programmes, mid-day meal programmes, free education programmes, and so on are all run by the government. These programmes have a consistent but gradual success rate.
It is also our responsibility as responsible and aware citizens to assist the government, and thus our nation, in achieving the long-cherished goal of 100 percent literacy. We can not only raise awareness about the importance of education, but we can also assist uneducated people in obtaining an education by funding and assisting them with their studies.
A well-educated country is a great country. In our daily lives, we can live by the motto “each one teach one.” We can educate the uneducated people around us because even informal education is preferable to no education. Let us lead the uneducated to the light of education and illuminate our nation’s glory.
Let us strengthen our country through the power of knowledge, i.e. education, in the words of Francis Bacon: “Knowledge is power.”