The Roles of Young People in the Nation’s Development
Through University Education
Education is so multifaceted that it is difficult where to begin discussing it. In its broadest sense, education is a lifelong process which enables the continuous development of a person’s capabilities as an individual and as a member of society. It is more than just a transmission of knowledge. The purpose of education is to contribute to the full development of an autonomous, supportive, responsible and committed person.
There are quite number of challenges recently to achieve the sustainable development for every nation. Poor education, poverty, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), population explosion, consumption habits, political instability, degradation of ethics and values are some examples of it. Several years back United Nations (UN) came up with the new agenda called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be reached by every country in 2015. MDGs consist of 8 points and education is in the second after poverty. It shows how important education is for nation’s development after poverty problems. Poverty can be eradicated by having such a good education system as education has direct relationship with a human being as the main and valuable asset for nation.
We, in this case the government, should have the clear and targeted goals on education. We may take a look at India for instance on how they develop their country. Their government states that, by 2070, every single person in India will be on education. They have all the action plans already, and youth are involved on the plan.
No other ways, government should invest in people, in this case youth, through education. Youth needs to be oriented on education policies of respective governments as they are the new generation that will rule the country one day. All youth must benefit from an education system. Youth should receive must not only involve training in the skills necessary for gainful employment through the practice of a trade or profession, but also provide moral and spiritual enlightenment. Both kinds of education are essential. Thus, it is important to put university in the center of the process of the action and reflection which has to be done so that the youths are not dropped to the edge of their own future but constitute, in the very beginning, as principal actors and critics of their own destiny and the coming societies, that must be developed on the base of solidarity and democracy.
To conclude, the nation’s development will depend on various sectors which are quite interrelated, and youth will be a main player that play significant role with the education as a power. Education is not something that will be finished in one year, and certainly it is not just beginning in 2008. Hopefully this year will provide the opportunity to engage in some deeper thinking about what is needed by education, what is its role in building nation’s development, and how can we and our organizations create the conditions for strong nation through university education.
Muhammad Assad (Indonesian student)
University of Technology Petronas
President of International Student Council