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Sep
09

education for all

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
The above quote has somehow lost its meaning over the course of time, the very goal of education is now only limited to the creation of an individual who is capable of earning a living and maintaining a certain level of lifestyle.
The role that education played in ancient times is long lost and forgotten, the relationship of Guru Dronacharya and his ardent shishya Eklavya is now a part of a story that is seldom recalled. In those times the great rishis were entrusted with the responsibility to impart formal education as well as religious teachings to the masses. This system in addition to developing the intellect of the individual also instils moral values and ethics in the individual.
Education can be thought of as the transmission of the values and accumulated knowledge of a society. Education is designed to guide them in learning a culture, molding their behaviour in the ways of adulthood, and directing them toward their eventual role in society. In the most primitive cultures, there is often little formal learning—little of what one would ordinarily call school or classes or teachers. Instead, the entire environment and all activities are frequently viewed as school and classes, and many or all adults act as teachers. As societies grow more complex, however, the quantity of knowledge to be passed on from one generation to the next becomes more than any one person can know, and, hence, there must evolve more selective and efficient means of cultural transmission. The outcome is formal education—the school and the specialist called the teacher.
Why so much of emphasis was laid on values and culture in education?
The answer is lost in today’s professional and fast moving society, but the answer lies within all of us. An individual becomes a responsible citizen only when he has strong cultural values and beliefs, only formal education cannot suffice an overall growth on an individual and eventually a nation. Education should be a means to empower children and adults alike to become active participants in the transformation of their societies. Learning should also focus on the values, attitudes and behaviors which enable individuals to learn to live together in a world characterized by diversity and unity.
Education is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and its future and is critical to reducing poverty and inequality:
• Education gives people critical skills and tools to help them better provide for themselves and their children
• Education helps people work better and can create opportunities for sustainable and viable economic growth now and into the future
• Education helps fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, reduces mother and child mortality and helps improve health
• Education encourages transparency, good governance, stability and helps fight against graft and corruption.
The impact of investment in education is profound: education results in raising income, improving health, promoting gender equality, mitigating climate change, and reducing poverty.
When we look at India, most of the problems such as the following:
1- Unemployment
2- Child labour
3- Rape
4- Criminal activities, such as robbery, murder, kidnapping etc.
5- Frauds
All of these have the same root cause and that is the absence of education, and by education I not only mean formal education but also the process of educating the younger generations about out rich cultural values and a certain ethical code of conduct. India is known to have a rich cultural heritage, but all the values related to this heritage are being forgotten. Education has surely lost its meaning and is now only limited to attaining the sole aim of earning money and maintaining a lifestyle.
An overall education not only creates a good human being, but it also lays the basis for a country that has a better character and a population that has respect for others. It helps a country’s economy to grow, along with that education helps to broaden the mindset of people and as a result eliminates social evils such as molestation, rape, cheating etc.