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EDUCATION! A Powerful Tool!

April 17, 2017



Education is important, and I believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieving a quality education. Moreover, education should be affordable and accessible to all regardless of their social-economic status. The education of a child during his or her early years is paramount in shaping his or her future. I went through the fragile school system of my country - Liberia and became somebody; as a result I will like to have an impact on others. I have had the opportunity to have a decent education and will love to give back and help others reach their full potential.


In Liberia, there is a saying: “Always remember where you come from.” And that is engraved in my heart and inspire me to do what I can at least when I have the opportunity. The education system has severely been affected by the Liberian civil war. The illiteracy rate is high and even higher for girls. Inadequate schools, the lack of qualified teachers and school supplies hamper the educational sector. It may seem a privilege to provide affordable and quality education for every child, but claim to education is a human right. Education as a human right sometimes is applied to only some kids around the globe, and most African children never get the chance to enjoy that right. According to the UNICEF, this right is denied to more than 59 million children worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for more than one-half of children, not in school. Fifty-five percent of these totals are girls, and 36 % of all out-of-school children live in countries affected by arm conflicts.


 As the UN secretary general said, “When we put education first, we can reduce poverty, hunger and end wasted potential and looked forward to stronger and better societies for all.” By educating others, you just don’t make an individual change, but you empower others to make a change in society. Education helps reduce poverty and improved health outcomes. Illiteracy is at its highest in Liberia and so is the crime rate, so educating others also helps create a politically stable environment for all. When people are uneducated, they are vulnerable, and many of our civil wars and destruction were partly due to that. It is impossible to fix all the ills of society, but the little I can do might be a whole lot for somebody and might make a huge difference. That is why I believe in quality education and will work to making this a reality for others.


Aletha Wallace




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