“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela

As rightly said by the former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid revolutionary, education is one of the most important tools that can empower people with knowledge, skills and values they need to build a better world. The belief that quality education can help reduce poverty and inequality comes from a recognition that education is a basic human right, similar to food and shelter.

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January 24 is recognised as the International Day of Education, a date proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 to honour education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development. This International Day, we will examine the many ways learning can empower people, protect the planet, build shared prosperity and foster peace.

Education to most represents the idea of going to school and learning about different subjects. However, it could be argued that the meaning of education is beyond just going to school. As the theme this year suggests, education or learning can impact many things.

To a child from a low-income household, growing up in a remote village, education can provide independence and promote independent thinking. By giving children the chance to develop skills, talents, personality and most importantly raise awareness regarding them, education enables them to change their lives, contribute to the society and most importantly, escape the shackles of child labour. Education gives a child the confidence and tools he/she needs to climb the social ladder and find opportunities suited to their talents.

Humana People to People India (HPPI) through its project ‘Action Against Child Labour (AACL)’ identifies children in textile industries and enrols them back into Government Schools or alternately, enrols them in HPPI’s Kadam Centres or in the newly established Sambhavna schools, designed to accommodate adolescents from Grade VI to VIII.

Learning has no age limit and HPPI promotes this thought through its several community-development projects and adult literacy programmes.

In the eyes of society, education means development. Educated individuals have the power to not only change their own future but with the knowledge and skills, they can elevate the society as a whole by impacting economic growth.

Young people without the right skills will never reach their true potential, which will ultimately lead to their exclusion from active participation in society. In HPPI’s Jeevika project, women are provided with entrepreneurial and financial education which helps them to start or scale up their own income-generating activities. With financial independence, women become active decision-making members in their family.

With education and learning comes a better understanding of the right and wrong which inspires problem-solving skills. In the present times, where the world is already facing the consequences of global warming and climate change, it comes as a fool-proof remedy that education and learning can change ones’ perspective and help them unite together to find better alternatives, innovate for change and work towards saving the only planet we have to call home. In several projects implemented by HPPI, environmental education plays a key role. From tree plantation drives to establishing fruit and kitchen nutritional gardens, children, as well as older members of the community, are introduced to the concept of being environmentally conscious and to take small steps in their everyday life to contribute to the larger green actions.

Education has the power to empower all. And the right type of education can make people more self-reliant, bridge socio-economic disparities and foster peace.

With this as our central thought, HPPI aims to continue providing education to all, in particular to the poor and rural population, to help them and their communities develop and certainly boost the economic and social development of India.

About HPPI

Humana People to People India is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as of 21st May 1998. It is a non-political, non-religious organization. Its mission is to unite with people in India in order to create development in the broadest sense through the implementation of the projects that aim at transferring knowledge, skills and capacity to individuals and communities who need assistance to come out of poverty and other dehumanizing conditions.

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