The Importance of Investing in Education

invest in educationIs there any point in our lives when furthering ourselves and learning becomes unnecessary or unimportant? I don’t think so and I cannot think of many things in this world that may be more important than education, neither to an individual nor to a society as a whole. For this reason, I think it is rather advantageous for a country or society to encourage a person to keep learning and to invest financial and other resources into making education available to anyone interested in it. When it comes to individuals, all of us should understand that investing time and money in, for example, the best undergrad schools or universities can profoundly change the quality of our lives, in the best possible way.

Education is more than just arithmetic, reading and writing. It gives people tools and skills to help them improve the lives of themselves and their family.  Education can reduce mother and child mortality and fight the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS. In fact, education helps people improve their overall well-being. It promotes gender equality, transparency, good governance, while reducing poverty. Thus, it is crucial for the government, especially in low income countries, to understand the importance of investing in early, first, secondary and high education. Plus, in this ever-changing and ever-growing world, only by educating yourself will you be able to keep up with everything.
According to several researches, high quality early childhood education helps reducing crime, delinquency, the likelihood of neglect and abuse, while improving high school graduation rates and college enrollment. Proper early education also lowers rates of teen pregnancy and leads to greater employment and increased life-long earnings. To cut the long story short, investing in high quality early education helps creating better society and more satisfied individuals.
female educationAnd why is it important to have a more highly educated work force? Would it increase economic growth? The fact is, a more educated labor force is more adaptable and mobile, more able to use a wider range of sophisticated equipment and technologies. Highly educated professionals are more creative in thinking about improving the management of work which leads to higher productivity and better adjustments to changes necessitated by competition.

To sum it all up, both the government and the people should work together towards education goals for a society to succeed. The citizens need to invest not only money, but time and energy in their lifelong learning, while the government should be willing to set aside funds needed for teachers and services to make this work. Nowadays it is clear that state and local governments are looking for any possibility to cut budgets and funding, although that may prove to be a mistake. Education is not only a fundamental right for everyone, but the key to the future of a society as a whole. Although it has its price everywhere, it is important to stress this out: the only thing more expensive than investing in education is not investing in education. Improper education (or no education at all) produces high costs for a country in terms of crime, health and economic growth. For a society, it’s unaffordable to leave too many of its children behind. For an individual, it’s important to invest in their competencies needed for a happy life in economic independence.

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