My educational philosophy is that learning should be seen as a privilege. Today education is still inaccessible to millions of children around the world. More than 72 million children of primary education age are not in school and 759 million adults are illiterate and do not have the awareness necessary to improve both their living conditions and those of their children.
Too much within our education system is taken for granted. Children and many of their parents don't understand the true value and worth of education and worse they believe it should be about what they are able to get at the end. What car they'll drive or house they'll own. Instead of seeking to use their knowledge and understanding for the benefit of others;to build sustainable futures. My parents taught me the value of education from a young age. My dad was never allowed to go to school so suffered the burden his whole adult life of not being able to read or write he impressed on me and my brothers the importance of education. My mother paid our bills and ensured we had enough and sent the remainder of her salary back to Jamaica to support other members of our family through college. Goodness knows how many she has put through college. She remains in her council property happy that she's transformed lives not wanting any more for herself.
Moving forward we need to talk not just about possible careers but more about what students can do to support humanitarian causes when they leave school. This should be a necessary part of moving onto the next stage. A prerequisite when securing a college or university place and definitely something on job specs of future employers. If we change the focus to considering others and improving situations for others instead of what grade they need and what salary they will earn it needs to be - this is the difference you will make. If we can alter our thinking, be more values led our youngest will grow to develop the right intentions.