It is common knowledge that education has played a major development role in the world. Therefore, it is the duty of every noble society to make sure that it invests in the future of its young people. Education is a basic right to every child. Thus, we should make sure that we open doors of opportunity to our children so that they can access the best quality education that they need. At the same time, making sure that our education standards are never compromised. To begin with, in Kenya the 8.4.4 system of education has produced competitive students that have excelled in higher education institutions all over the world. This system has won students admission to the best universities on the globe and produced graduates who have succeeded tremendously in their chosen careers.
However, the 8.4.4 system has been only a darling of the bright and talented students. Though a great system in itself, it emphasizes more the theoretical knowledge rather than the practical skills needed to handle life challenges. Hence, it produces a lot of half baked graduates with only theoretical knowledge and lacking in essential life skills. Thus, any country or nation that wants the success of its young generation should put its minds together and come up with a system of education that provides great educational opportunity for all of its young people. This can achieved by coming up with a strong system that advocates for universal and Compulsory basic education.
This type of a system should put emphasis on a holistic approach whereby, students intellectual academic abilities are developed as well as their athletic, acting and sports talents. Uganda is a good example of a nation that has succeeded in its universal secondary education system. So long as we understand that investing in the future of young people is the way to go, we will be on the right path towards achieving our millennium goals. This task of making sure that our children are well educated should not be entirely left to the governments alone. The churches, business men, corporations, nongovernmental organizations and all other sectors of our society should make sure that they contribute towards the well being of our children. Every child should be presented with the skills and opportunity to advance their educational pursuits no matter their background and status in the society. We should train and equip teachers with the necessary tools to do their job. We should boost their morale by rewarding hardworking teachers. We should build more primary and secondary school institutions so that we can accommodate the fast growing populations of young people.
If we invest in our children we will be amazed by the results we get in return. Education and literacy helps people become responsible citizens. It helps them to interact well with others wherever they go in the world. In the 21st century and especially in this global economy, it is only those nations that will invest in its young people that will have an upper hand in the global arena. South Korea, Japan, India and the United States are countries that are aggressively investing in the education of their young people. Hence, they stand a chance to benefit because they have realized that the education of their young people is the reflection of their future.
Education produces great results and prompts innovation, creativity and broadens the perspectives and insights of people. Therefore, whether students are gifted or talented academically or not that should never be the determining factor of denying or giving our young people their right to access education. President John F Kennedy once said that “the progress of a nation can be no swifter than its progress in education. The human mind is its fundamental resource”.