Knowledge and well-educated people.
I know many well-educated and highly skilled people, people with knowledge. Many with degrees from the University are following up their good and important work, as skilled people, they do fantastic and priceless work. These people contribute to the community and to make the society grow.
For decades, education and knowledge have been one of the most important pillars in the developing of the countries. The information and communications revolution and the changes brought to teaching and learning methods are strong contenders, while internationalization and student mobility in education have expanded education’s horizons.
Education as a fundamental driver
“Education is a fundamental driver of personal, national and global development.” (Lee Jong-Wha, Director, Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University in World Economic Forum, 16 Sep 2014).
Increasing the skills, knowledge, and qualifications of individual workers is critical to support to a country’s businesses and drive improvements in the productivity of the economy while fostering greater levels of workforce participation.
According to United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), a sustainable development of a country can be achieved through learning: learning to be, learning to live, learning to do and learning to know. The path of learning only can be possible with education.
“All countries, regardless of their national wealth, stand to gain from more and better education. According to a recent OECD report, providing every child with access to education and the skills needed to participate fully in society would boost GDP by an average 28% per year in lower-income countries and 16% per year in high-income countries for the next 80 years. “ (Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway in World Economic Forum, 07 Jul 2015).
People with less education
I also know many people with nearly no education and no formal skills. Many people without degrees from the University and Vocational skills do fantastic and priceless work in the society. Like Laban in Uganda. He is a bodaboda-man. Motorbike-taxi in Kampala. He transports people to and from work. This gives him his daily income. He uses his money for the family upkeep and pays school fee for his four kids. Yesterday he told me on Facebook that “the business is going well”.
I am sure if people like Laban have had the possibility to better education, they could contribute more, and the country could develop faster.
“Addressing the fact that an estimated 250 million children worldwide are not learning the basic skills they need to enter the labor market is more than a moral obligation. It amounts to an investment in sustainable growth and prosperity. For both countries and individuals, there is a direct and indisputable link between access to quality education and economic and social development.” (Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway in World Economic Forum, 07 Jul 2015).
One huge challenge is to transfer knowledge from countries that are well equipped with teachers, schools, and skills to countries that don’t have that. We need to use new solutions to ensure more people get good education and skills.
“In the future, new information and communication technologies are expected to stimulate the expansion of educational opportunities and to improve educational quality at the national and global level, by offering a variety of innovative learning channels. For example, the ability to use new technologies to build borderless networks among schools can offer opportunities for students in low-income countries to learn from teachers in advanced countries – and vice versa.” (Lee Jong-Wha, Director, Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University in World Economic Forum, 16 Sep 2014).
The internet and the smart phones have given us the possibility to skill people independent of country borders. If the education and training are accessible online at an affordable cost, more people can achieve the needed competence.