I think education is the panacea for all the ills which we are facing in the world. You may be wondering how? So let me throw a few cents of mine, based on my sketchy experiences. First of all, let us note all the fundamental problems which we come across, they are Corruption, poverty, population, pollution, extremism, scarcity of resources, etc.They, in turn, generate many more problems. To solve above problems this is how (a quality education) cycle should work:
Stage one: We need to educate our children, we need to give them a chance to acquire suitable manner, attitude, and ethics. We can train them to be in harmony with nature and to be socially conscious. Here, I am not just talking about education or education for children of any elite section, but about quality education and education for every child irrespective of their caste, religion, economic status. If we are successful in doing this it will show a tangible difference on the ground (may seem difficult but not impossible if pursued diligently and in a planned manner).As and when this is done we would win half the battle. Because we have sown a seed which will grow antidote to all our problems.
Stage two: The quality education which we would have imparted to the children from the beginning will help them to reach an intellectual level where they can be trained for different metier, depending upon their choices, without enforcement. Now they will become fully fledged human beings born and brought up in a conducive atmosphere of qualitative education
The impact of quality education:
Educated section of the society will do family planning and help to reduce humongous population (mother of all problem: I think, but a subset of our topic because it can even help us to mushrooming population), which is not the case with the uneducated section of the society. The irony is, though they are poor they have a large number of children, to whom they cannot educate or nature. Whereas, even though rich have money to bear the expenses produce less number of children. Reason…. Yes, now you are correct, it’s education (oh. sorry.. I mean Quality Education). Since they are uneducated they don’t plan for the future, they don’t know the repercussions of having a large number of children. Ultimately their children remain uneducated and unfortunately, their poor cycle continues.And they create problems for them as well as to society.
(I don’t say educated people don’t create any problems in the society but lesser in comparison to the uneducated people).
It’s a major debate whether corruption can completely be abolished or not but one thing for sure, it can be reduced to much lower levels (or it may even perish). Quality and ethical education will give impetus to this mission. You may be thinking that don’t the educated people do corruption, I don’t deny. But let us look it differently if we educate our masses qualitatively our population increase can be checked (reduced).That implies we will have enough resources for the community to will fulfill their demand .Therefore this will reduce corruption.
Corruption perception index (which measures “the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians’.High numbers (blue) indicate less perception of corruption, whereas lower numbers (red) indicate higher perception of corruption.
Though there are many reasons to corruption, but quality education can act as a check and balance system.As from the above picture we can observe countries where in real quality education prosper ( not just education like in the other countries).
Use of Resources:
Even nature has its limits beyond which it cannot sustain the increasing number of population. Resources are scarce. As Gandhiji rightly said, “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” So, if we will have less greed for resources and population under the permissible limit resources are enough for our use.
Our ecosystem has its mechanism to recycle our wastes. If we restrict our use of resources to a requisite limit, then there would not be any problem of pollution.
When above pillars of development would be at the correct place it will automatically reduce (or can be completely vanished) poverty because we will have enough resources for all the people. Similarly, all other factors will get a check and balanced if we impart Quality education.
We can observe that nations in the world which have higher literacy rate are wealthy and prosperous and they are facing few challenges unlike us facing myriad problem intertwined with each other.
Countries in blue color have highest literacy rates, and states in red color have least literacy rates. Form this only you can gauge to what extent literacy matters.Most of the blue colored nations are developed.
I know this is not an easy job (easier said than done…right..) but the thing is, once we clear out the initial hurdle (or overshoot the limiting friction in technical terms), this would become a tractable affair.Finally, every person on this holy earth would be educated, they do not fall prey to any stratagem, politicians would not cheat them on vacuous promises, they would analyze their decisions.And hence, creating a prosperous world. This is how Quality education can change our world and will act as a panacea for all ills.