Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What Would You Do For An Education?

I ran across this amazing article today about a young woman who crushes rocks to pay for her education. She wants to make a better life for herself through education. She spends her day going to school, crushing rock, and studying by solar light.
Liberia, education, geography, globicate, global education
Going to school

Many students like her come to school each day wanting to learn, some come to school just to socialize.  My initial thought was, what would you do for an education, or for your child's education?  Do we take education for granted in this country or do we value it as a means to make our lives better? To find solutions to make our world a better place?
Liberia, global education, geography, Globicate, Heidi Befort
Crushing rocks after school
What would you do to ensure an education for your child?  Would you allow them to crush rocks for $0.47 a bucket/$3.00 a day?  This young lady is so driven that she does this each day after school.  She sees the value in an education and is determined to take advantage of the prospects of a better life for herself by doing whatever it takes to achieve this. Do our children in this country come to school each day with this thought?
Liberia, global education, geography, Globicate, Heidi Befort
Studying by solar light
After crushing rocks, she studies by solar light.  Yes, in Liberia most do not have electricity, running water, or a flush toilet.  How do I know these things are true?  My daughter is a Peace Corps Volunteer who has spent the last 2 years in these conditions, teaching young people, and encouraging them to get an education. 

Shouldn't we make sure that everyone around the world has the same opportunity for an education as we do in the United States, Europe, and Canada?  A world full of educated people can understand, they can work together using a common knowledge, they can create a world full of empathy, peace, and solutions.  Solutions for world peace, no war, and how to take to care of our planet so it will be around for years to come.  Aren't these goals worth providing free education to all children around the world?

(Check out the photo article at: The Guardian, Global Development)


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