21st of September, International Day of Peace appointed by the United Nations. What is the role of education on International Day of Peace?
Parents just sent off their kids back to school. Maybe for another year or for the first time.
Parents just had their farewells with their teenagers soon to be adults kids dropping them off to college.
Families and friends said goodbye to their close ones who are going to study abroad.
Many would think that education brings separation.
Is that the case?
According to UNESCO, in the world today there are about 1 billion non-literate adults. This 1 billion is approximately 26% of the world’s adult population. Women make up two-thirds of all non-literates. 98% of all non-literates live in developing countries.
The scale of illiteracy among youth also represents an enormous challenge; an estimated 122 million youth globally are illiterate, of which young women represent 60.7%.
The 67.4 million children who are out of school are likely to encounter great difficulties in the future, as deficient or non-existent basic education is the root cause of illiteracy.
I go back to the times where I hated school, because of the time it consumed during my day and out of my play time. But there is not a single day I regret it. I feel thankful for being privileged enough to having a proper education, having entered and graduated from University.
I wish I could make all kids who hate school now understand how rich they are becoming. Day by day. Year by year they become a better version of themselves. They are being molded into valuable assets not only for their own lives but for their society as well.
It doesn’t matter if you grow up and become a teacher or an entrepreneur, a doctor or a lawyer, a dancer or an engineer.
Being educated is not only about being able to read or speak properly so you can get a job. It is about being independent and free. It is about being able to take care of yourself, work hard and succeed. It is about recognizing problems around you and strive to fix them. Not only for you but for anyone around you. Close to you or far away.
I think the value of education overrides the magnitude of a separation feeling it can cause.
Now I see that education is not about separation at all. It unites and makes world a better and peaceful place to live in.
Today it is International Day of Peace. The world celebrates peace and here at Mondly, the world is our place. Our dream is to give kids, teenagers, adults the ability to speak multiple foreign languages. We want people to be able to connect and learn from each other, know and cherish each other’s culture, embrace and embody diversity so Peace can be celebrated everywhere and by everyone in the Globe.