“Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family”-Kofi Anan
Education should not and cannot be limited to the four walls of a classroom. Education is learning, any kind of learning be it formal or informal. Most people have been stereotyped to believe that for you to be educated, you must have gone through a school, I mean a formal school. This notion is absolutely incorrect as education can never be subjected to learning under a professional teacher alone. That’s just one form of education, there are several others.
In simple terms, Education means the acquisition of knowledge and experience as well as development of skills, habits and attitudes. We learn from our day to day experiences.
Education is more than just learning mathematics, history or physics. Education is the ability to distinguish between what is wrong and what is right. True education is beyond earning degrees, it is more than “bookish” knowledge. True education means inculcating moral values, positive thinking and right attitudes to become a responsible person in the society. For instance, how were we taught how to greet our elders, how to act to elderly people, how to be safety conscious when in a crowded place? etc. We certainly do not learn all that in a basic school. A mechanic has undergone a level of education which is “apprenticeship”. He has been taught how fix parts of vehicles, how to detect faults in a vehicle etc. So, we can correctly say he is educated. A girl hawking groundnuts in traffic has also passed through education, she must have been taught to always be alert and smart at all times.
The society itself plays a major role in education. There’s a saying “A child cannot only be taught by his parents”, the society has its own role to play in the upbringing of the child. Education is a process by which the society transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another. Cultural values are passed from one generation to another through education. Education leads to liberation, liberation from ignorance. Education brings light to a dark world.
Writer: Anu Joseph