"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."
"Education is the movement from darkness to light."
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
"Only the educated are free."
Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
-Horace Mann, Twelfth Annual Report of Horace Mann as Secretary of Massachusetts State Board of Education.(1848)
As we approach the new millennium, we see how much remains to be done to give our young and future generations a better world to live in: a more peaceful society with a healthier, cleaner environment and a pattern of sustainable development which seeks to eradicate poverty. Education is the single most powerful means to improve the quality of life... the single most powerful weapon against poverty and intolerance. Education builds a culture of peace ... it empowers human beings, both young and adult, to be effective in their chosen sphere of activity ... education in its essence, opens doors to both personal and social development.
-Federico Mayor, Address at the Second International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education Seoul, Republic of Korea, 26 April 1999
The main aim of education should be to send children out into the world with a reasonably sized anthology in their heads so that, while seated on the lavatory, waiting in doctors' surgeries, on stationary trains or watching interviews with politicians, they may have something interesting to think about.
-Sir John Mortimer
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
-William Butler Yeats
"Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life."
Just to give you guys an update on the Nazia Fund. I have been trying, through the use of an interpreter, to open up an Afghan bank account for her. I wrote a letter to a bank president and the interpreter has gone there in person but I have not had much luck. I have been told that she or her guardian needed to be present. I have also been trying to get in touch with the Ministry of Women's Affairs. The interpreter told me that they help with these sort of things all of the time. I have a contact name and email. I will keep you posted.
The reason why today's post is education themed is because Adam and I were talking yesterday and we thought that the only way for Nazia to break her cycle of poverty and dependence on a male figures would be for her to get a proper education. We were thinking how wonderful it would if a family in the U.S. were to sponsor her. When she gets a little older she could use the money that we have raised to go to college. I have contacted a few organizations, such as HelpAfghanWomen.com, for some advice and help. Let's see what happens. By the way, great job on raising so much money!! Let's keep it coming.
More on the importance of education. I really believe that education is power. I wanted to highlight a school program that was started by a wonderful man named Mohamed over here in Kabul. I included a short documentary on his school program Aschiana. He decided to build a school to help bring street kids in off the street and provide them with a good education and vocational skills to break their cycle of poverty.
Last November the VCR program visited a couple of their schools and also donated a large number of school supplies. I know that a lot of my readers have donated to the VCR program so some of your school supplies may have gone to an Aschiana school.
Here is what one of the schools look like.
Isn't that just wonderful. They are not just giving kids a handouts, but rather, they are teaching them skills so that they can eventually support themselves. What a great program.
Again, if anybody knows of any church programs out there or if you know of a good family that could take Nazia in then please let me know. My email- GPH13040@gmail.com.
Here is another video on Afghan Children. I hope you have a fast computer because I don't. It is worth the wait of the download.
Thanks for reading.