How does education contribute to community development
Education has a major role to play in community development. It is the principal means by which communities can lay the foundations for future progress and prosperity.
- How does education contribute to development?
- How do we recognize when an educational system is failing students, teachers, parents, and society in general?
- How broad should the spectrum of education be when you look at all the different types of education?
- How do we make sure education prepares children with the necessary skills to be competitive in a global economy?
- How is education linked with development?
- How do we reconcile access with quality when it comes to education in developing countries?
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These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this article.
To answer any question about how something contributes, you must first understand what that contributing means. In relation to community development, “education has been defined as a process by which knowledge and skills are transmitted from one generation to another” (Shad/Marks, 2001).
The definition is very simple, but necessarily so because there isn’t a universal description for this process or any agreed-upon way it happens. How education contributes to development is more about how education can be used as a tool for those who want to develop communities and those who want to do the developing.
How do we recognize when an educational system is failing students, teachers, parents, and society in general?
The first step is recognizing when an educational system is failing children, teachers, parents, and society in general. How do we make sure that it prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge they need to be competitive in a global economy? How broad should the spectrum of education be when we look at all the different types of education? How do we reconcile access with quality? How does this relate to community development? These are all important questions because most countries have difficulties providing for their citizens due to financial reasons, political corruption, cultural beliefs, etc., thus making education a difficult task especially with all the other challenges communities face. How do we move forward if “education has become a bottleneck to development” (Shad/Marks, 2001)?
As Shad and Marks claim in their article How Does Education Contribute to Development, education is not just about reading, writing, and arithmetic? It’s about all the different aspects of life that are being discussed through educational institutions around the world.
How you can contribute to your community depends on what part of your education you have mastered or are learning more about.
We see today many children have lost interest to study and this is all due to the bad governance in some countries, particularly Africa and some parts of Asia. A lot of issues arise when children are not taught killings rape and other evil among the society.
When the educational sector is poor or down the country is said to be going into future collapse. Education does not only contribute to the development of the community also develops the mindset of every child to learn to be responsible grow up and give back to its community
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