Hey you! Yes you. Can I have a minute of your time? Maybe three? Thank you.
Your mum or dad tells you that education is important don’t they? Am sure they sing this song to you almost on a daily basis or if not, during mid-term exams or end of term when you have to present the results. That moment that you don’t want to look forward to because as much as you may have done your very best in school, you still are uncertain of what will come out of mommy or daddy’s mouth.
I want to tell you that they are not wrong about taking your education seriously. And please be aware education is not just about being smart in books, but also in extracurricular activities. This means sports, music, art of anything else that requires you to be proactive. You know how you celebrate your birthday once a year? There is a day known as International Day of Education that is marked every January 24, which is today.
And while we are still on this topic, did you know that Education is one of the Sustainable Development Goals? This Goal 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This means that all children in the world, just like you, are provided with the opportunity to enroll in school and acquire basic skills, as it is their right which is protected by the Constitution. You know that thing that governs a country? The one with laws that provide direction in a State? Yes that one. Also, before you wonder, Sustainable Development Goals commonly known as SGDs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030 adopted by all United Nations Member States. Something To read more and to share with your friends in at school and play mates.
Just before I let get on with other things, because I know you get busy from time to time, I want you to remember that education is important. Your GPA or grades are important because they make your next level of education easy. And before you take that opportunity for granted, keep in mind that about 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school.
This whole thing is to make sure that your friends and children everywhere in Kenya and other parts of this beautiful world can access free and quality education.
Have a great day today smarty pants.
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