Education is the basic tool for the development of consciousness and the reconstitution of society.
– Mohandas Karamchand Mahatma Gandhi –
Working as a lecturer/ educator here in my organization my responsibility is cultivating and strengthening young minds. Ensuring students are literate is one of the essential components of my job and I am constantly in fear if I am failing in achieving the objectives. And as such even if I may have to stay awake late preparing classes I will do so until I feel confident about the content I have to deliver to my students. Panic attack/ Palpitation is a daily dosage, a constant reminder to stay in track and this fear drives me to read and refer more content.
Now, those of you going through this line especially, my fellow community; Are you satisfied with the literacy rate we are maintaining? I am not at all satisfied, not even one bit. Why is that we are ghosting away when it comes to education? why? Not exaggerating but I find that our youngster (right from my own family itself) is giving more importance in following the latest fashion trend and indulging more in technology and following certain POP star Icons. What I want each of you to understand is with a complex and rapidly changing technological world, it is essential that we as individuals continuously expand our knowledge and learn new skills in order to keep up with the pace of change. We definitely need to make changes and come out of our complacency.
Furthermore, our children are failing to acquire basic education, I do not know the exact statistic but I assume that most of the children in primary school are not reaching the minimum proficiency in reading and solving mathematical equations. Who is to be blamed for this? With students dropping out of schools once they attain junior high school, they are risking themselves from being excluded from full participation in modern societies. Failing to do do limits their life chances and hinders their participation in much of the world around them.
Coming from a family and a community whose literacy rate is below par as compared to many other families and neighboring regions had me wrecked my mental peace most of the time. Since my teenage years, I had this ingrained in my mind that someday I have to take initiatives towards enhancing and promoting the educational status of my region. Although I myself is just a mediocre student all throughout my student period it doesn’t stop me from holding back my vision and mission I have laid down. And I want each one of you, young and dynamic to not held yourselves back but put your best foot forward in achieving and changing the current state of affairs.
There are times I felt intimidated as I converse and associate with our neighboring fellow mates because of the fact that they surpassed us in many ways. And these facts ghost me. And this fear is what made me questioned myself, Why can’t we be the one or like them (enthusiastic). If they can, then yes we too can is the kind of attitude I want all of us to have. I know its easy to say but if we try, we can someday level up than we are today.
Life experiences have edified me that literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life if we want to blend in with modern society. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential. Personally, the growth of society is not possible without education. Whether a society is formed through contract or communication, education plays a vital role in the preservation and transmission of social values.
One needs adequate literacy skills to participate and function happily within – and contribute to – one’s communities. When we plan to work outside our usual realm, adequate English language skills are essential to forming friendships/ getting employed without which we become susceptible to isolation, loneliness, and anxiety. I am pretty sure some of you residing in metropolitan cities must have faced such a situation or a mild jerk and will agree with my opinion that persons with adequate education are better able to communicate clearly with their employees or fellow beings or make appropriate choices amongst life unended options.
I urge that we all should envision for a dynamic community; a community that exchanges ideas, engages in dialogue which is more innovative and productive. The sharing of ideas, perspectives and concerns leading towards greater levels of mutual understanding and caring which ultimately will leads to a strong community spirit. And all these can be achieved when we take education on a serious note, thrive and keenness.
Dear members, once again education is essential to tackling the shortage of literacy in our community. Remember admitting your kids means more than just putting them in classrooms; it means that they must be learning when they are there — with teachers who are both confident and competent. Its importance cannot be overstated – never.
So today lets commit “to be better than we were yesterday” and this should be our daily mantra. Please assess the educational facilities the government has provided. If you feel it’s not adequate, please raise your voice. If a qualified educator is not provided, raise your voice, speak for those who cannot so that they may realize and be benefited. Let our voice be heard. If we don’t take a step now, we will remain unpolished.
We can be the change to bring changes.