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“Education is the only solution for world betterment”

Lyn-Marie BlackmanEducation is critical to personal growth, but Lyn-Marie Blackman, 28, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Barbados, says world betterment depends on how that education is applied.

From the time an individual is born to the day that they die, learning and the acquirement of knowledge is paramount. Having an education – whether it is from a school, life, a friend or a family member – should be empowering in nature.

Many people classify education as the certificate, degree, or diploma that you get from a learning institution. But I see education as a body of knowledge that you obtain that can set the stage for your advancement throughout life. Many have the certificates, degrees, or diplomas but are not advancing, while others who don’t have this level of achievement are progressing.

Now do not get me wrong. I am all for people getting their certificates, degrees and diplomas but I am more concerned with how we apply what we have learnt to our environment. Some individuals have these papers of achievement, but asking them to apply it to obtain a job is futile. For some, being asked to transfer it to becoming an entrepreneur is daunting. For some, when asked to apply it to solve real world issues many draw a blank.  So what really is this thing we call education: is it just getting a certificate, diploma, or degree or is it the ability to possess a body of knowledge that can solve problems and derive solutions for our world?

The word education that many of us use today is what a lot of us refer to as having a teacher or lecturer speak to us, then we regurgitate what was said in order to pass the necessary tests to obtain that certificate, degree or diploma. However, the education that I know and believe that will put in motion the betterment of our world is the one where we challenge ideologies, philosophies and concepts coming to us in the lectures and textbooks and how best we can extrapolate their essence and apply it to our modern day societies.

Our education should be built on being revolutionary – from designing technology, to how we handle and manage medical care, to how we grow food, and to how we deploy research methodologies – and NOT mere regurgitation from a textbook or lecture.

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About me: I am a conservative and articulate individual with an innate desire to see love, peace and unity triumph. My interests lie in medical research. I enjoy researching medical news from around the world and reporting it in my monthly newsletter entitled L.I.F.E.

I love biomedical science and believe it holds the key to a healthier society. I aspire to become a medical researcher and writer. My focus now is obtaining more exposure for my newsletters: L.I.F.E. and The Believer.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/
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