Why Education Matters More Than You Think
The ability to read and write has far-reaching consequences in several aspects of daily life, but the benefits of education extend far beyond these basic skills.
Education teaches you to think. The more you learn, the more you want to learn and the more you are able to learn. The human brain thrives and grows when it is stimulated by learning.
In a world that is becoming increasingly sophisticated and less labour-intensive, survival of the fittest no longer depends on who has the biggest muscles or who can run the fastest. Nowadays, it’s down to whose grey matter is in the best form.
Getting a head start while at school is imperative to succeed in life, but adult education most definitely has a place in society today.
Never Stop Learning
You are never too old to learn, yet millions of adults worldwide remain illiterate. Fortunately, this shameful scenario is improving thanks to the efforts of organizations like Education for All (EFA).
However, adult learning is not restricted to catching up on basic education. Even well-educated adults can benefit from additional study. The more you learn, you more you earn, as the saying goes.
It is in the best interests of businesses to invest in further training and education for the employees they already have, instead of looking outside of their company for skills. Your existing staff members already know your business culture and you know you can trust them.
Training and educating your employees are ways to reward them for their service and encourage loyalty.
Ongoing education also has many benefits for adults besides increased earnings. Education helps adults to learn to think things through before acting. This can help them to become successful members of society, engaging more effectively with people outside of work, learning new conflict management skills and better able to look after their families.
Getting another qualification behind their name, increases confidence and pride in their work too.
The reason for declining illiteracy rates is largely due to new generations of adults coming up through the ranks. While education is certainly important in adulthood, it is vital for children.
Without the benefit of book learning, they will never reach their full potential, and this has nothing to do with the grades they achieve. Formal education has several other benefits for children:
- By learning about people and situations outside of their own, the seeds of cultural tolerance and understanding are sown in young minds.
- Education teaches children to take pride in their work and achievements.
- Children learn healthy lifestyle and mental habits at school.
- Education introduces youngsters to the concepts of morals, values and problem-solving. This makes it easier for them to make informed decisions later in life.
- At school, children learn to interact with their peers and treat them with respect.
- Sporting activities introduce the notions of teamwork, dedication and perseverance.
Armed with these skills, children can leave school confident and equipped to deal with life, employment, community-living and family life.
It makes sense that the more educated you are, the more employable you are. Educated people are more likely to start their own businesses and employ others. Employed people also pay taxes, which helps governments to improve infrastructure.
Apart from these obvious financial and social benefits, there are other ways that education can help to alleviate poverty.
Educated people are inclined to make more informed decisions. They have knowledge and skills that they can use to improve their daily lives and that of others. They can make informed lifestyle choices that reduce the risk of ill health and time off work.
They can also teach and help others in their communities to make better choices. In this way, the benefits of education can spread far and wide, and benefit entire communities.
The more educated a society is, the faster it develops.
Globally, education is still extremely compartmentalized which limits its effectiveness. It is easier to monitor progress (and establish what works best) when there is only one standard to measure against.
Educational systems can only benefit from a more global approach instead of being tied down by regional and national criteria. Technology is shrinking the world and it’s time we all got on the same page.
Here at Robert Nienaber, we are passionate about further education and all things to do with global prosperity through unity. Keep checking out our blog for more insights and inspiration on how to make the world a better place.