“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler
Learning, otherwise known as education; whether formal or informal is the backbone of human innovations and breakthroughs. The incessant quest for knowledge has pushed the innovative mind of men to do exploit that so far has made the world a better place.
In the developed world today, reading and writing are basic to human existence and can be compared in essence to feeding, clothing and shelter. Hence basic formal education isn’t a luxury available to just a few.
This does not bode true for third world countries where providence for feeding clothing and shelter are still lacking and education cannot be added to the list just yet.
The game of education has to be taken more seriously if the developing world citizens are to compete with their counterparts in the developed world as they are moving at a really fast pace with focus on advanced learning.
Feeding the belly and covering the body are great, but they are ends on their own. Education on the other hand, for the developing world; whether formal or informal, basic or advanced is a means to an end and must be highly invested in if a nation will through its citizens compete globally on all fronts. To be educated is to set the mind in motion, which is freedom