The main goal of education is to make society better. To provide us with the capacity to improve our lives and be able to confront the challenges we face on a daily basis. Without this achievement, education could be considered to have lost its effect.
Our world is full of challenges. With constant need to improve technology, social welfare,health or environmental conditions , we definitely need new ways through empowerment in order to confront these changes. Thus through various forms of research, we look for different ways in making society better to live in than in the past.
Education plays a huge role in human life. It enables us to better integrate in society and in the development of our personality. Therefore, it becomes very imperative not just acquiring knowledge and information via an education system but the type of education system designed for those acquiring.
Fortunately, there exist models of systems which was designed not just to bring the best out of their citizens but to make their society as better and peaceful as possible.
Finland is known to be one of the countries in the world with the best education system. It is admired for several reasons, some outlined below.
– Children start compulsory schooling at the age of seven.
– Education is free of charge and taxes are high.
-The school system is integrated and inclusive. Pupils with special educational needs receive support in schools and there is a student welfare team in every school. Most pupils receive mainstream education, with special schools only for those whose needs cannot be adequately met in mainstream education.
– The education system is flexible and the administration is based on the principal of “Centralised steering – local implementation”
Although the education system of one country can’t be forcefully applied in another country, we can’t either ignore we could learn certain aspects from others to improve ours when needed.
It can be argued that, the education system of a nation depends on its people, culture,history and other factors. Despite such consideration, the principal result expected from the education system of a country should be that which enable its citizens to not just improve themselves but the environment in which they live in. It thus becomes an obligation of the leaders or those responsible to design something great for for its people.
Unfortunately, some systems aren’t modified or improved. They’re archaic or outdated forms of education systems which contribute little or nothing to the citizens. When an education system permits just the smart and those financially capable to afford, it tends to ignore future major challenges. In Finland, the difference between the weakest and strongest student is the smallest in the world. Special need is given to those with special needs or “weak” students. Also, education is free.
This is in complete contrast to the conventional systems which favour the brave and those who can financially afford.
We are faced with numerous challenges in our world today. Education comes in to make it easier and empower us to better confront such challenges. The African continent especially, is pregnant with numerous issues which one keeps asking if it’s ever going to cease or be better at some point. Poverty, early child birth, illiteracy, corruption, poor health conditions, conflicts,consistent power failure, gender inequality, high unemployment rate,malnutrition or lack of water, most of which are basic necessities.
Education should be seen as a proactive approach, not reactive, in handling such issues. Some African countries have education systems which continue to allow most of its people believe solely on the government as a sole source of hope in order to move forward. This continues to ensure a platform of conflicts and misunderstandings.
Countries with great systems of education allows their citizens contribute in making society better rather than as a sole responsibility of the government. One way to ensure a peaceful and friendlier environment, is adopting systems of education that can meet the needs of the population. Without which education is sterile and extremely unproductive.