Education the ultimate vehicle for human development

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When it comes to education, most people tend to imagine children sitting in a classroom with a teacher standing in front. This is typically what is known as formal education. Another form of education happens in informal settings.
A good example of informal education is community learning. Communities should be encouraged to create informal learning environments so as to provide opportunities for people of all ages who have difficulty accessing formal education. Informal learning is important, especially to out-of-school children and youth.
Nevertheless, the ultimate aim of education, whether formal or informal, is to expand opportunities for human development by fostering economic growth, improving health and reducing poverty.
The government, for its part, should start by making education a top priority. It should allocate more spending on building school infrastructure and training teachers. In addition, it should refocus on non-formal education so as to redress inequality in education across the country.
It should be noted that reform of the education system does not necessarily depend on making changes to education policies and laws. No matter how well syllabuses and curricula are designed, this alone will not prove fruitful. We must pay greater attention to improving the quality of education in general, especially through better teachers and learning environments. For example, we need to set up links with international learning institutions.
The better people are educated, the less likely they are to commit crime. It is no surprise that education fights poverty, maintains peaceful coexistence, encourages environmental conservation and fosters healthy lifestyles.

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