Brave Learners: Power of Education
In history, in order to survive oppressive circumstances, the bravest of us have had armaments far mightier than any bullet, or dictator’s confused views of the world. The bravest of us stand up for the power of education, knowledge, and the desire to learn, and in many cases, merely holding a book. One of the bravest and most outspoken has been, and continues to be, a teenager, Malala Yousafzal, whom the Taliban tried to quiet by assassination. The reason: she was outspoken about the need for everybody, especially girls, to have an education. You see, where Malala lives (Pakistan), and in many other parts of the world, girls do not have the right to attend school.
Recently, Malala said, “One pen, one book, one child, one teacher can change the world.” In that one peacefully calm statement she sums up the rallying reason for the majority of us who believe and know that to be true to get involved. There is something about that statement that is more powerful than anything the comparatively few hate mongers, together, can muster. It is that there is a burning desire in all people, no matter the ethnic, religious, or gender differences, to seek out learning. It is within us… it’s there no matter what unspeakable forces try to suppress it. There truly is a connection of heart and head when it comes to learning and the overwhelming desire to attain it, no matter the obstacles.
We may not be as brave as Malala, but that same learning passion and desire is within us all. To sit back, or slink away from sharing the power in that, can be far too easy for most of us. But standing up alongside those like Malala shows the few that there are many of us who know “the pen is mightier than the sword” and learning is a right for all, and not just for an elite few. We cannot ignore the fact that today, of the 125 million out of school globally, 70 percent are girls.
The more of us writing and talking like Malala, the better… and the more of us getting involved, in some way, the stronger we become. Truly, with education, there are far more righteous than evil in the world. Look for ways to become involved, and get your children, grandchildren, and students thinking… locally… and then internationally.