There are over seven billion people on this planet today. Logically, I do not think anyone would want to disregard education. As Victor Hugo rightly said, “he who opens a school door closes a prison”. There are two keywords in this statement that I need to explain before moving on – “school” and “prison”. What is a school? A school is a place where people go to learn or to be educated. A prison is a situation in which somebody is trapped and cannot escape. I will be discussing these two words which make up the fabric of Victor Hugo’s statement. We do not only go to school to solve equations and study formulas. We go to school to learn how to relate to people, broaden our mindset, and acquire information that improves our day to day activities. I know you are inquisitive about the rubric I used for my article. I ought not to be writing about my mother, but I need to share her experience to make my point. I believe whoever reads this will be inspired to make the right decisions in life.
During the early 1950s, my lovely mother began her primary education in the South African region where my grandfather resided because of his profession. She was lived and studied with her siblings. A few years later, my grandfather’s work suffered due to my grandmother’s undiagnosed sickness. Some years later, and after much spending, my grandmother passed. The state of his business was bad because of the huge amount of money he had had to spend to get his wife treatment. Due to this hardship, he relocated with his children to his hometown in the southern part of Nigeria. My mother had to drop out from secondary school and she stayed at home for three years. After that, her father managed to register her in a local school. Two years later, her father died. She had to go live with an impoverished uncle who could not support her education. She stopped her schooling because she had to hustle and work in order to take care her younger siblings. Years later she met and married my father. Wow! What a sad story right? No one would ever want to be in her shoes.
After giving birth to my elder siblings, she advanced her education. And she said some things that made me want to write this essay. She said, “when I had not furthered my education, I lavishly spent the money I got from trading, because I did not know what investing was all about. I never knew how to relate to people and I did not know the codes and etiquette of life; it was as if I was in a prison. But, after I furthered my education, everything changed.”
These are the effects that education has on our lives. Like I said earlier, education does not only teach us how to solve equations and study formulas. It teaches us how to plan, do the right thing, save and invest – not just our money – but also our time and resources. Education stretches our mind and gives us the ability to do valuable things. Being educated does not make you wealthy, but it gives you the secrets and knowledge on how to be wealthy.
Nobody has a monopoly over knowledge, but there are basic things that anyone should know. For example, some people don’t know simple things like reading, solving little math calculations, relating to other people and solving simple challenges in life. People who do not know things like this are trapped and have imprisoned their mind because they don’t know how things are done.
With an imprisoned mindset, one could end up in a real prison. Because, if a person doesn’t know rules, regulation, protocols and the way that things are done, they can end up breaking them and being detained.
In conclusion, I don’t believe messages should be long but rather that they should be deep and meaningful. It’s high time we start fighting against illiteracy. I don’t know how many illiterates are in the world right now. I do believe that a time will come when people without enough basic knowledge of how to navigate life, will have nothing to offer to the next generation. So we need to fight against illetracy. The best way we can curb illiteracy is coming together as one to help encourage people that they need education. I look forward to the time when there is no longer illiteracy in our world.