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Learning for the good of society

EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY with EPHAT MUDENDA
BECAUSE of the fact that the human mind makes possible all development achievements, whether at individual, societal or national level, people must be educated. Probably this is why education is a

right. Therefore, it must be accessed by every individual.
Actually, growth, development, and poverty reduction depend on the skills and knowledge that learners acquire from childhood both inside and outside of the formal educational system. Education exists as a foundation for a ‘lifetime of learning’ during which its subjects must continuously improve their well-being and that of the society in which they live.
From a very young age, the process enables one to develop one’s inborn potentialities. In the process of achieving all-round development – physical, social, emotional, intellectual, moral and spiritual – a person’s behaviour is modified through different agencies at play.
Also, at individual level, when a child gets proper education, he or she is likely to earn a livelihood filled with productivity. Essentially, since education enhances one’s reasoning and thinking power, an educated human being can always do his/ her best to adjust with one’s own environment through the knowledge they have acquired.
In a society, which is always progressive and dynamic, the environment demands that there should be a positive development of an individual. In today’s scientific and technological world, education helps us to focus on the advancements that unfold before us and, therefore, we must do away with practices that prove to be hindrances towards development.
Animosity, for example, can be changed with moral education so that society is grounded in moral and social values such as cooperation, tolerance, sympathy, love, respect towards one another and the elders around us, as well as helping the poor and needy in our midst.
An educated nation fully understands its civil and social responsibility. People appreciate their duties and rights as citizens of a nation through provision of education that empowers them with both knowledge and skills that enable them to be innovative in various ways and at different levels of a country’s socio-economic spheres.
In fact, education really trains for leadership. The qualities that one requires to meaningfully participate in social, economic, political, religious and educational activities are sharpened as one pursues education at various levels of the system. Even national integration is enhanced, regardless of the differences in terms of creed, race, language, tribe, tradition/ culture and the physical environment in which individuals may be found.
With such co-existence, education proves to be a very important tool that brings about emotional integration whereby people are trained for peace, love, harmony and unity, NOT for locality; trained for democracy and respect for human rights and freedoms, NOT for despotism.
The goal of total national development can only be realised in this way; and education – which is a vital ingredient for all ages  and stages of the life of a human being, the community in which one lives, and the nation where we belong – stands as a great solution to the social evils that people are faced with.
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