Education is a human right.
No Way Out
Imagine being left in a box, a dark, sealed box with no means of escape. You had just barely enough to keep you alive in way of oxygen and nourishment and that was it. How long could you stay there? How long would you want to stay there?
Lack of education and crippling poverty most often go hand in hand, they are wicked friends who hold so many captive throughout their lives. Snatching opportunities to move beyond mere existence, the lack of resources for much of the world has keep generations in boxes of despair.
Education in History
Education is as old as time. The process of passing skills on to the next generation, mentoring, apprenticing, inspiring discoveries is what makes us human. Without education and the freedom to apply what is learned, our history would be very bleak. Discoveries would not be made. Hypothesis would not be tested. Improvements would not be pursued. The edge of mere existence would be the fate of all.
The hallmark of a civilization is the accumulation and perpetuation of knowledge. Civilized societies create languages, and a written system to record them. Understanding of mathematics leads the way to an economy and commerce. Our world has moved continually toward a deeper understanding and higher level of thinking, except for those who for socioeconomic reasons have been stripped of their rights to a civilized existence.
Education is not merely attending school, but being given the resources to move beyond surviving to thriving. In the world of ultra-poverty, of complete devastation devoid of any resources, an education is an impossibility.
Opening the Trap
An opportunity to learn and grow not only enriches a life, but gives a person the means to live it. The poorest of the poor do not only need more food, they need the know how to find and earn quality food. More than their physical needs, their minds need to be fed to allow for thought, wonder, ingenuity, and reason. Just as a body must be trained to perform athletically, a mind must be shaped and nurtured to perform on a higher academic plane.
Providing resources and opportunity for the world’s poor to be educated benefits the entire world as it is an investment in our collective future. That investment will pay off in dividends of cleaner environments, safer childhoods, healthier communities, problems solved, inventions created, conflicts settled, and stable families established.
Education of today’s children provides the means for them to provide sustenance, shelter, and stability to the children of tomorrow. As One Planet, One People, it is paramount that we come together to build up cultures of learning through access to educational resources that build hope.