The President of the General Assembly of the U.N., Sam K. Kutesa, opened the 69th Session with this observation: “The more young people grow into well-educated adults with fewer dependents and new opportunities to acquire wealth, savings and purchasing power, the more they will be able to accelerate economic growth and development.”

Education Affords Youths a Role in Improving a Country’s Development

A valuable education provides young people with knowledge of such areas as economics, history, literature, social studies and finance. With such experience and understanding, these youths can extend their thinking into areas that can enrich their lives, increase their resources and provide needed improvement of their countries’ cultures and economies. For, there is a direct connection between education and a person’s quality of life. With the attainment of the knowledge of the history, literature, culture, social customs and ethics of their societies, young people can further their countries’ national values, as well as contribute to the improvement of their society. With knowledge of their countries’ history, civic values and economics, young citizens can be empowered to become future leaders. If they are aware of what has worked for societies in the past, young leaders will be able to direct their countrymen in ethical, pragmatic and prosperous ways.

Education Empowers the Creative Spirit and Enriches the Judgment of Youths

Instruction on the ingenious ideas and brillance of others often fosters creativity in young people themselves. Many youths have an entrepreneurial spirit, and they are not afraid to promote their unique ideas, especially after having learned of those in the past who bravely put forth their unique insights and reforms. While education encourages creativity, it also leads individuals to maturity as they learn to consider different ideas and methods.

Education Affords All People Opportunities and Advancement

Education has afforded young women in certain countries opportunities unavailable to them in previous years. Equipped with adequate education, these women can now exert influence and have a voice in their society as they are capable of contributing to their country’s advancements by holding significant positions and providing new, fresh and successful perspectives. Men, too, have benefited from the new opportunities in higher education, and with their empowerment, they have brought about improvements to their respective countries, as well.

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