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Insights / April 24, 2017

Invest in Education

By Ayoub Belemlih

We all have our ideas about making society better. There are those who believe it is strictly tied to job creation and the state of the economy. Others blame politicians and the government, and suggest electing new officials. I personally do not have a solution to all of society’s problems, but I strongly believe in the importance of education and training in building an equitable and inclusive society.

Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Based on my personal experiences, I believe this is for two main reasons. First, education enables people to develop skills they can use to pursue their passions and dreams. Learning fuels hope and confidence, and provides creative minds with the knowledge they need to solve their community’s problems and change the world. Second, it teaches people to communicate better, which is vital in today’s world. Making the world a better place requires us to promote communication and constructive criticism in schools.

This week, invest in education. Donate or fundraise for nearby schools and help them provide better resources and services. Students cannot provide for themselves, and schools play a vital role in transforming lives and helping individuals succeed. Volunteer your time and mentor and teach students in your community. We all have countless pieces of advice to offer students, and it’s time we share them. Consider teaching coding for beginners or helping others build a passion for programming!

The opportunities I have been blessed with have changed my life and continue to fuel my motivation to work harder and help as many students as I can. The internet has made it much easier for everyone to help others, and I can think of no better investment than supporting education.