Paul Wellstone, a former US Senate once said that, “Education and Democracy have the same goal; the fullest possible development of human capabilities.” Education is a primary right for every individual. It is the most important foundation or building block, which paves the future road-map for a person. Education can truly make or break an individual, because it builds and develops a person’s belief, ideologies and values.

Education gives the ability to think with reason, pursue dreams and aspirations in life and live a respectable life in the society. Education gives us a definite path to follow, to lead our lives by principles and gives us the freedom of expression. It frees our minds from the prejudices and motivates it to think with logic and reason. It is essential for the overall development of the human mind and brain. The literacy rate of a country determines its prosperity and economic health.

The benefits of education are numerous, but a few points are highlighted below, which shows how education helps in human development from different aspects – personal, social, economic and spiritual.

Overcome social prejudices:

This is probably the most important benefit of education. Social evils and belief can really hold back the growth and development of a society, and a country. So, to overcome this and understand and explain things with logic and reasoning, educated minds and very essential. One enlightened mind can lit up a thousand more. Education, used in the proper way also helps to reduce crime and restore law and order.

Nurture talent and pursue dreams:

Every human has dreams and aspirations. So, education is a medium to pursue and fulfill them. It increases the knowledge of a person in different fields of studies. It helps to determine a path to follow and express your talent to the world.

Enhance creativity and imagination:

Education opens up new ways and ideas to ponder. It cultivates a young mind to think out-of-the-box and explore different things in life. Education also helps to know about things and stay healthy, fit and follow a productive lifestyle.

Contribute to a bigger growth:

Education is a way of academic excellence and paves the path for economic growth of the country. Research and development in sectors like technology, medicine, and others, breakthrough innovation and progressive mindset – all of this are fruits of education, which takes a nation and its people forward. Educated people contribute towards advancement in every sector.

Knowledge, wisdom and exposure:

Education opens up every channel of knowledge and wisdom. It exposes us to a whole new world of information, invent new things and know how we can make our surroundings a better place to live and out our lives to a greater, and better use.

As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” When the world is busy getting equipped with deadly weapons and machinery, it is very important to understand that education is the real asset that can develop an individual as well as a nation. People and leaders across the world should join hands to make education, not only a fundamental right for all, but also the guiding light, which can take mankind ahead through any phase of darkness.

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