EDUCATIONFOR DEVELOPMENTEducation isthe primary infrastructure of development. It can be defined as the process ofacquiring knowledge, skills and habits and using them for the betterment ofmankind. Right from the age of 10, we are taught in schools regarding theimportance of education in our lives but still due to some reasons Nepal islagging behind in this sector.
It is aknown fact that for a country to be developed, its citizen must be educated.Education is the foundation in developing any county. If we look at the data,countries having literary rate more than 85% are under the category of”developed”. Countries like Finland, Norway and Andorra have literacy rate of100%.
It is sad to know that as of November 2017 the literacy rate of Nepal isonly 48.6%, of which 62.7% are males and 34.9% are females. In a country wherethe number of females exceeds the number of males, this is a depressingscenario.
Educationlike any other forms of investment can contribute to economic development andraise income of the poor just as much as investment in physical capital such astransportation, communication and agriculture. For a country to be developed,more than 60% of its population should be engaged in technical field. This ispossible only through education.All of thecurrent problems that our county is facing is due to lack of educated people.People still be believe in superstitions.
Even in the 21st century,menstruation is treated as a taboo. People go to witch doctor instead ofmedical ones. Our government is unstable because we do not have virtuous andcapable leaders. If we look at the leaders of Canada or Austria, we find youngand educated leaders while ours are corrupted old men who fight for power and havehardly passed secondary level examination.
So how canwe increase the number of educated people in the country?It has onlybeen half a decade that the people truly began knowing the importance ofeducation. It must be mandatory for every child to go to school with properfacilities and tools of learning. Parents must be aware about the fact thateducation is a right and that it is a parent’s duty to send his or her child toschool.
Government spending more than 7% GDP on education is one of the reasonswhy countries like Finland are where they are today.Education isnot just about literacy or getting a degree but also putting the knowledge intopractice in one’s own country. There is no use of educating a child only to seethem grow up and work in foreign land.
Education includes learning moral valuesand cultivating ethical characters. Every child must get free education untilhigh school.To sum up,education is a right and like any other human rights, it cannot be taken forgranted. We need to bring the poorest and hardest to reach children in to theeducation system. We must ensure that each and every child is empowered inorder to lead the country in the path of development.