Human rights activist Malcolm X once said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
His words resonating truth and emphasising the importance that education plays in our lives. In recognition of the role education plays in our lives, the United Nations General Assembly earmarked January 24 as International Day of Education.
Adopting a resolution for the day on December 3, 2018, the International Day of Education celebrates the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development.
As the day focuses on the importance of education, the Newcastillian speaks to teachers and learns how important education is in the lives of various children.
Jennifer Pillay – Esperanza Special Needs School
“Regarding special needs children, education is important as it offers them the opportunity to interact with others. Furthermore, if you keep them at home, special needs children will never reach their full potential. They can do everything at school, just like other children, and they can learn to become self-sufficient.”
Monique Bezuidenhout – Esperanza Special Needs School
“I think education gives special needs children the opportunity to learn like other children. Also, while they might be special, they can achieve success through education, and they have the right to feel important.”
Mariska van Rensburg – Klein Spoortjies Pre-Primary School
“When it comes to education, pre-primary school sees children learning about the importance of values and morals from a young age. Education at this level also sees them learn life-skills in a fun way.”
Jenavieve Tinkler – Klein Spoortjies Pre-Primary School
“Education is important as you can help the children grow in independence. Education, especially at a pre-primary level, helps children grow as a whole and develop healthy characters.”
Christelle Pretorius – St Dominics Newcastle
With a deep-seated love for children and seeing them grow, Christelle says, “Education is vital as it builds a foundation for the future, as children are our future leaders and community.”
With education moulding lives and developing character, former South African president, Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”