Despite decades of reforms and school improvement initiatives, large numbers of students are still underachieving, failing or being pushed out of school. Clearly a distinctly new approach is needed – one that takes into account the global diaspora and increasing school demographic diversity. Unless educators begin to take account of differences in students’ material realities and lived experiences, ongoing lack of school success for many students will continue to inhibit their life chances and ultimately negatively affect our society.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving peoples’ lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels. Did you know that 103 million youth world wide lack basic literacy skills and more than 60 percent of them are women?
Should there be equality in education or equity? An important question no one seems to have the answer to. Should every student be given the same thing and let it be called education or should students be given what they need even if some need more than others. However, the current education system pursues a model of education equality where everyone is given the same. It is quite difficult to understand why this model of “give everyone the same” is so vigorously pursued in education even though it has been spectacularly unsuccessful over the years.
Moreover, as UNICEF has stated that despite progress in recent years, girls continue to suffer severe disadvantages and exclusion in education systems especially in the South and West Asia. They have also talked about how girls education is both an intrinsic right and a critical lever to reaching other development objectives. Providing girls with an education helps break the cycle of poverty. Also educated women are less likely to marry early and against their will, less likely to due during childbirth and more likely to have healthy babies and are also more likely to send their children to school. When all children have access to a quality education concerning human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. (UNICEF- girls’ education and gender equality)
There are various barriers to girls’ education through out the world that range from supply-side constraints to negative social norms. Increasingly, adolescent girls also face economic and social demands that further affects their education. They are obligated to household chores and many are also made to do labour. There are also child marriages and gender based violence especially in the undeveloped countries where people are not educated.
Besides better living standards for people, education also gives people of all ages, lifelong learning opportunities which is the key importance for individuals and holds an array of benefits for them and the society. It promotes their full economic and societal participation, enables them to be better informed and more active citizens, contributes to their personal well-being, supports their creativity and innovation, and increases their efficiency as workers or volunteers. These all facts were issued in a pamphlet about lifelong learning by The European Older Peoples’ Platform. They also explained about the public and private benefits of lifelong learning which include enhanced employability, money spent on unemployment benefits is reduced and also better health which results in reduced health care costs. This pamphlet also mentions that the concept of lifelong learning stresses that learning and education are related to life as a whole and not just to work. Learning should be continuous throughout our life and this learning should not be linked to the attainment of formal qualifications.Many of history’s greatest men were autodidacts- those who devote themselves to self education, either in addition to or as a substitute to formal schooling. If you want to stay competitive in today’s job market and potentially earn more money, you need to become an autodidact. Not only can becoming a lifelong learner help you earn more money in traditional employment it can give you an opportunity to start your own business. There are many examples of famous people who learned how to create thriving business without any formal education: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford just to name a few. Autodidactism will also make you more interesting and charismatic. It will help you become a better leader and also help you influence others. You’ll be independent and lifelong learning will keep your brain healthy and useful and you’ll feel more satisfied with your life as you’ll become more human.