EDUCATION: A VERY IMPORTANT TOOL
HERSHEY M. IBAY
Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of any other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits, yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, usually as a result of poverty. Education is a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalised adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully as citizens. Imagine a world without schools and colleges. No matter how much we hate waking up early for school or studying all night for those tests and exams, an educated person gets better opportunities in life. It is easier for a person to become successful and realise his/her dreams as compared to someone who is uneducated. Education is extremely important because you overcome superstitions. Superstitions are baseless, useless, and may affect your life negatively. Illiterate and uneducated people tend to hold certain superstitious beliefs. Education and awareness are the best ways to combat superstitions and replace such beliefs with reason and logic. Education also helps with keeping up with the world because we live in an ever changing world. New technologies keep coming up, and if you don’t want to be left behind, you must keep up with the world, which is moving really fast. Without education, it will be really difficult for you to adapt to all these changes. An uneducated person is much more aware of the latest technologies and all the changes that are taking place in the world. For example, an uneducated person may not know about the benefits of the internet, whereas an educated person uses this gift of technology regularly for work as well as for entertainment. Education helps with healthcare because illiteracy often breeds ignorance, and this ignorance may prove to be dangerous when it comes to healthcare. Educated people know more about preventive methods which protect them from a number of diseases. An illiterate and ignorant person is likely to ignore the symptoms and avoid seeking medical aid unless the problem becomes very serious. Hence, education enables you to take better care of yourself as well as your family. We need education because we gain wisdom and understanding of the world we live in, and it help us gain respect because the more educated you are, the more respect you will gain from those around you. So, education is what we need if we want an answer to our “what’s”, “how’s”, and “where’s”. You get to understand and know more about your surroundings.
Jose Elementary School Macabebe West District, Division of Pampanga