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Insight into Education


Nelson Mandela
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president..."




Kofi Annan - Ghanaian diplomat, seventh secretary-general of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”

Irina Bokova - Director-General, UNESCO
“The equation is simple: education is the most basic insurance against poverty. Education represents opportunity. At all ages, it empowers people with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to shape a better future."



“171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in lowincome countries left school with basic reading skills – equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty."



Robert B. Zoellick - President of the World Bank
"For developing countries to fully reap the benefits of education—both by learning from global ideas and through innovation—they need to unleash the potential of the human mind. And there is no better tool for doing so than education.”



International Food Policy Research Institute
"In Kenya, if women farmers are given the same level of education as their male partners, their yields for maize, beans and cowpeas increase by up to 22%.”






Malcolm X - African American Muslim minister and human rights activist
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”






Malcolm S. Forbes - Publisher of Forbes magazine from 1957 to 1990
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”







David Warlick - Author and a 35 year educator.

"For the first time we are preparing students for a future we cannot clearly describe.”




John Naisbitt, Author of Megatrends
"Education is now the number one economic priority in today’s global economy.”






Robert M. Hutchins - Educational philosopher, dean of Yale Law School (1927-1929), and president (1929-1945) and chancellor (1945-1951) of the University of Chicago.
"It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts…it is to teach them to think.”


Chris Ukaobasi
"Half education is more dangerous than no education”






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