Is education the most important step in the development of the country?

It is proved that a country’s development is primarily based on its people and its resources. However, it ultimately depends on the people only, as to what extent they can use the scarce resources efficiently in order to achieve a rapid rate of development and breakthroughs in innovation. As people play the most important role in shaping the status of the country; education is responsible for shaping a person. Therefore, education is the backbone of any country, it plays a crucial role in technological developments and imparts various skills, values, and awareness. If a country has a higher literacy rate, it will lead to a lower unemployment rate and greater GDP growth. Today, countries face various issues including terrorism, discrimination, global warming, poverty, and gender inequality. Proper education for everyone can eradicate these problems from its roots and would lead to a better country with higher standards of living. In the long term, education reaps greater benefits, educated kids today will develop a very civilized and moral society tomorrow. The human mind has a great potential to achieve radical developments in society. To reap the benefits of the human mind, education is the most important step to work on. It is an investment which is crucial for development of every being. Education has the ability to transform a person and provide a perspective to see their lives from a different view. Some might argue that health is a more important step for the development of a country as only a healthy population could be efficient and productive. However, education is required to be healthy and disease-free. Education imparts awareness which is essential for being healthy and productive. Education provides solutions to major problems and gradually has the potential to eliminate all the concerns which every person face today. Education gives the ability to turn information into knowledge which is essential for solving problems and developing analytical skills. An educated person possesses various diverse skills, is healthy, and knows what’s best for him/her and the society. Proper education eradicates crime rates, poverty, unemployment, diseases, etc. from the country. Moreover, education is fundamental for peace and prosperity. Government of each country should emphasise on education. There must be laws for mandatory education till certain age which could make every individual aware of the basic living in society. Government could also either subsidize or provide free education to the parents who cannot afford to send their children to school. Many countries do not promote education for women despite the fact that they can be 50% of the total workforce. United

Nations have emphasised on the importance of education and one of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to provide universal primary quality education to all. It is estimated that today, 250 million children do not have access to primary education. These children are the future and will be responsible for the development of the nation. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Countries today compete on literacy rates which ultimately leads to higher economic growth and economic development. Education has great potential to change the world when a society is educated, there is a great allocative and productive efficiency with rapid rates of development. No one can take education away from a person, it will always help and reap benefits. Parents should provide their children with best possible education as an investment which will only benefit the whole society in the future. Thus, education is the most important step in the development of a country and everyone must promote it to the greatest levels.

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