Education, being the vital key for the development, is the act or process of imparting knowledge or skills to another, which is also the locus of Happy Horizons Trust. Education is the act of learning things around us which improves our knowledge, skill, confidence level and personality. It empowers us intellectually to interact with other in our life. Education brings maturity and teaches us to live in society with changing environment and also helps in social development, economic growth and technological development.
But Education is usually mistaken with Literacy or learning in schools, wherein Education is not just confined to books, copy, pen or schools and colleges. Literacy is about acquiring the ability to read and write, learning skills in school or college ; while Education is about the application of these skills and learning for the benefit of other people, society and country.
Inevitably, books, school or college can make a person literate but not relatively educated. Education is not merely factual knowledge related to curriculum , but extra-curricular skills and knowledge, moral and ethical values are also considered under Education which further helps one in overall development of their personality. Education far outstrips the concept of Literacy.
Albert Einstein said:- “It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need college. He can learn them from books. The value of an Education in a liberal art college is not the learning of many facts,but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
There are several living examples like Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sachin Tendulkar and many more who dropped out school or college but still achieved the height of their goals with the Education they have been provided. Education is not only to read or write but is the ability to think in broader terms and analyse the things rationally.
Education brings Development with itself. Because an educated mind brings change in society by helping others to be educated beyond the limits of books. Education and Educated people diversify the knowledge for the good and development of all. Though Education usually requires Literacy, but not restricted to it.
People living in the backward areas are not getting proper means of education but still government provide them with Literacy. But this lack of Education remains the major reason behind their backwardness. Education not only allows us to open our minds to improve ourselves to make better choice about our future, but also diminishes the believe in myths, superstitions, gender prejudice, caste system and many more bizarre beliefs.
Through the small platform of HHT, we are reaching out to encourage underprivileged children as well as parents for Quality Education beyond books and also to make learning fun and engaging . The child needs to enjoy what they are studying to pique their interest. With advancement of Digital World and Technology, HHT is trying to empower the youth with the understanding of technology and it’s usages which help them to be capable enough to access computer or any technical device. Though Literacy help in acquiring the basic skills of reading and writing anything around, but may also lead to use abusive and fowl language, but Education can never. Education has an intrinsic value. It is truly said that Literacy cannot make a person wise but education makes a person wiser and provides with the understanding of distinguishing between right and wrong.
To enrich and summarise this article, few lines by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit can be quoted as:- ” Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit,a training of human soul in pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.”
Content Writing Volunteer, HHT