Write an essay on the importance of Education and its role in national development.

Importance of Education can be realized from the fact that in it lies the rise and fall of nations.

The role of education: An Outline:

(1) Introduction: Understanding education and its scope

(2) The importance of Education for nations

(3) The developed countries and literacy

(4) Situation prevalent in the third world

(5) The ways to change the present state of affairs

(6) Conclusion:

Education, in the simplest terms, means "the ability to read and write"; however, education is not confined to the limits of reading and writing. It also includes culture and the taming of wild emotions as well as moral obligations. However, since all these begin with the basic understanding of written text and oral & visual training of the pupils; therefore, we may begin with the ability to read and write as initial and essential part of education.

Today, education is the part and parcel of every society. Nations rise and fall because of it. They feel glory at their education and knowledge. The realm that seeks wisdom in the form of knowledge becomes dominant. Education is necessary for the building of a nation as well. An uneducated person can not judge to what extent the government decisions are right or wrong. He has to depend upon third persons to know even about his own personal affairs.

The example of the progressed states is before us, they have eliminated illiteracy: they have educated the masses. The percentage of literacy in the developed countries is over ninety percent. That is the foremost reason of their progress and national harmony. Their inhabitants are self sufficient and can decide on their own. Their people’s education led them to industrial revolution and prosperity. Their literacy allows them to study their own religious and political beliefs and not to be biased. The situation in the third world is quite different as compared to the richer nations. The only disparity is education. Their literacy is about 40 %( claimed to be). They could not earn much affluence out of illiteracy. They remain backward and can not step forward. The industry does not grow and they use old methods in agriculture.

The present state of affairs can well be changed under following suggestions:

(1) Education should be made compulsory.

(2) No job, even labour, should be provided without elementary education.

(3) Child work ought to be banned.

(4) Attractive offers should be made so as to lure larger number of children to studies.

The world around us is changing with every second. We have got to make people aware that acknowledge is a powerand they have got to acquire it with zeal. It is a religious obligation as well. No religion bars one from education; prophet Muhammad(PBUH) laid special stress on the need of education thus: “Seek knowledge even you have to travel to China.