ROLE OF EDUCATION IN CIVILIZATION
Apr 4 - 10, 2011
Education is the process of learning and knowing, which is not restricted to our school text-books. It is a holistic process and continues throughout life. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the existence of human beings is fruitless without education. An educated person has the ability to change the world, as he/she is brimming with confidence and assured of making the right moves.
WHY IS EDUCATION SO IMPORTANT?
The first thing that strikes about education is knowledge gain. Education gives us the knowledge of the world around us. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on everything in life. Education makes us capable of interpreting rightly the things perceived.
Education is not about lessons and poems in textbooks. It is about the lessons of life. The words 'cultivate' and 'civilize' are almost synonymous to the word 'educate'. Education is important as it teaches us the right behavior, the good manners thus making us civilized. It teaches us how to lead our lives. Education is the basis of culture and civilization. It is instrumental in the development of our values and virtues. Education cultivates in us mature individuals, individuals capable of planning for futures and taking the right decisions. Education arms us with an insight to look at our lives and learn from every experience. It wipes out all the wrong beliefs in our minds. It helps create a clear picture of everything around us and we no more remain in confusion about the things we learn. Education makes us question and beat the bushes to find satisfactory answers.
Schools and colleges define the basic framework of education. Schooling gives us the fundamentals whereas we specialize in fields of our interest during the degree courses. But, education does not end here. It is a lifelong process. Self-learning begins at the point that marks the end of institutional education. The process of self-learning is ongoing...
Education is about knowing that everything has a science to it, it is about learning to reason everything till every question meets its answer. Education can lead us to enlightenment. It is education that builds in every individual a confidence to take decisions, to face life, and to accept successes and failures. It instills a sense of pride about the knowledge one has and prepares him/her for life.
The future of a nation is safe in the hands of the educated individuals. Education is important for the economic growth of a nation. It is the backbone of a society. Education opens the doors of brilliant career opportunities. It fetches better prospects in career and growth. Every employer of today requires his prospective employees to be well educated. He requires expertise. So, education becomes an eligibility criterion for employment into any sector of the industry. We are rewarded for exercising the expertise required for the field we embark on. We are weighed in the market on the basis of our educational skills and how well we can apply them.
EDUCATION BEGETS GOOD CITIZENS
Education makes a worthy contribution to our lives by making us a good and responsible citizens. We get to know our history and culture through education and imbibe those values. Education opens our mind and expands our horizon. It enables us to understand our duties as a citizen and encourages us to follow them. There is no denying the fact that an educated person is a better citizen.
Education is futuristic in character, in so far that it ensures that the one who receives good education gets a secure future. Our productivity is increased by acquiring new skills and talents through education. We find ourselves in the most competitive jobs, courtesy the right training and education. New Vistas
The significance of education, for a great part, lies in its ability to open new vistas. It expands our outlook and teaches us to be tolerant towards other views. An educated person will find it easier to understand a different point of view than the one who is uneducated. Education broadens our mental landscape and is the way forward to greater enlightenment - the ultimate goal of every human in life.
Awareness is a virtue in itself, given that the lack of awareness is lamented everywhere. Education spreads awareness, informing us about our rights and the services that we can access. On the most basic notes, it teaches us to differentiate between right and wrong. For most part of our lives, we falter in dichotomizing right and wrong, but the right education gives us the right answers.
Decision making is an integral part of our life. We have to take decisions throughout our lives and sometimes decision making can be a very tough and challenging process. Education enables us to take the right decisions and prevents losses.
An educated person is a confident person. Education fosters a positive outlook and allows us to believe in ourselves. Self-belief is the most wanted trait in a human being and education leads us towards relying on ourselves, making us believe that we are ready to take rodeo ride to explore the world.
EDUCATION & ISLAM
The idea that people should pay attention to religious education only is very disturbing. In Islam, a person is only required to acquire that amount of knowledge, which will enable him/her to follow Islam. The rest is optional. Allah SWT did not ask everyone to become a scholar. On the other hand, there are people who only know the very basics of Islam and yet they are punctual with their daily prayers and righteous in their conduct. There are some very religious people in the world today who are PhDs.
There are many people who preach that people don't follow Islam because they don't read the translation of the Holy Quran and Ahadith, so they don't know what Islam teaches. The question is: Who does not know what Islam teaches? Is there anyone who does not know that a person is required to pray daily, be upright morally, pay Zakat, avoid alcohol, avoid giving/taking interest etc? Realizing the importance of an academic education in Islam, a lot of madressahs have now added Mathematics, Science and English along with the religious curriculum. This is because Islam does not teach that a person remains a 'jahil'. Islam encourages a good, comfortable life. An academic education is a great blessing of Allah SWT and a person should be grateful for it.
Education has an immense impact on the human society. One can safely assume that a person is not in the proper sense till he is educated. It trains the human mind to think and take the right decision. In other words, man becomes a rational animal when he is educated. It is through education that knowledge and information is received and spread throughout the world. An uneducated person cannot read and write and hence he is averse to all the knowledge and wisdom he can gain through books and other mediums. In contrast, an educated man lives in a room with all its windows open towards outside world.
The quality of human resource of a nation is easily judged by the number of literate population living in it. This is to say that education is a must if a nation aspires to achieve growth and development and more importantly sustain it. This may well explain the fact that rich and developed nations of the world have very high literacy rates and productive human resources. In fact, these nations have started imparting selective training and education programs so as to meet the new technical and business demands of the 21st century. In fact, certain professionals like doctors and dentists are obliged to follow mandatory lifelong learning. This is done so that they keep pace with all the research and development done in the medical field. These professionals not only need to update themselves about these developments, but also learn new techniques of practice and perfect old ones. Learning about patient management and the delivery of care is rather a continuing process. Since these professionals, especially doctors have huge moral responsibility towards the patients and society in general, continuing education is a must for them.
It is in such a scenario that distance education comes into the picture. Since professionals do not have the time to attend classroom classes, distance education comes as a convenient alternative. They can learn at a time convenient to them and from the comfort of their homes.
The importance of education cannot be neglected by any nation. And, in today's world, the role of education has become even more vital. It is an absolute necessity for economic and social developments of a nation.