The Role of Education - Discussion Question

by SRZaouali on April 4, 2016 - 10:07pm

Emmanuel Jal claims that the key to change everything is education. He suggests that we are killing a whole generation of Sudanese by only giving them food. Therefore, he says that he is willing to die for the right to education because he knows what it can do. What do you think about Emmanuel Jal’s point of view on education? Do you think that by giving Sudanese access to education we can empower them? 


I believe that education is very important as I see it as the primary source of acquiring knowledge. Everyone should be allowed to go to school and to have the chance to learn. I find it admirable that he is willing to sacrifice his own life for a cause that he holds close to his heart. Furthermore, I do believe that giving Sudanese access to education we can empower them. Indeed, it will help them in a way that they would be able to write and express their opinions; providing them with education will give them a voice that is rarely heard. Not only that, they would have a better understanding of how the world works.

Education plays a key role in providing opportunity for children. Not only to grow into functional people, but to acquire values, qualities and characteristics that are considered "good" or "appropriate" ways of behaving - to differentiate right from wrong, good from evil. Education may be key to bring change amongst the Sudanese people, however, despite the importance of it, living in an environment with constant violence where death and murder is everywhere doesn't encourage the development of child education. Despite the individual drive and motivator of children wishing to reach higher education and make a difference, the violence surrounding them will constantly be a burden. It becomes a difficult, nearly impossible, task to therefore encourage education when children must fear for their lives daily. It becomes a sort of cycle: children who attempt to make a difference and further their education are attacked by raiding groups and watch their villages, families and friends get slaughtered. Without a choice, they are recruited as child soldiers and the legacy of violence is carried on through them, until, in turn, they grow up to be the raiders.

Education is clearly an important factor and will hopefully bring change to Sudan, however, until the violence diminishes, it cannot excel to its full potential in terms of making a difference.

Personally, I think that Emmanuel Jal is absolutely right when he claims that Education is a much better alternative to promoting Sudan's development than doing things for them. I think that education will empower future generations as they will learn to be self-sustaining. I think this is a true way to help a nation rather than giving it directly what it needs. This is a long-term solution. On the other hand, I am not against the UN's intentions. I think that dropping supplies in certain situations, such as natural disasters or others could be very helpful. In this case, I think that Jal's message is a very important one.

Emmanuel Jal is right about educating the Sudanese people. First of, it is known that education is the key to empower a country in terms of development. With education, the future generations will allow a better future for the country as they will have a better knowledge in the field of technology and many other fields of study. Also, in case of disasters, the Sudanese population will have a better knowledge on how to deal with the consequences the disaters bring.

I strongly believe that Emmanuel Jal is right because education is known to be the key to create a sustainable society. In order for Sudan to be self-sufficient, they must first learn how life works and how to deal with the daily problems. The undeveloped countries will never be able to over come the violence surrounding them if they do not have tools to do so. In this case, education is what will provide them tools and knowledge on how they should behave and act in order to become a peaceful society. It is surely not an easy task but it is possible. From this perspective, I believe that providing Sudanese with education will empower them and ensure them a brighter future, but with an empty stomach it is hard to learn and stay concentrated. With this in mind, I believe that providing them food must precede the access to education.

I think Emmanuel Jal is right by saying that education is key for the country's development. Firstly, through education, children develop a variety of skills that may help them develop a profession in their future, which will therefore help the country's development. Secondly, through education, children learn critical thinking, which helps them have their own opinion without being wrongly influenced by others. This will help the nation develop since people won't make irrational decisions because of their lack of knowledge.

Frankly, yes, I believe his view is correct. In my current Sociology of Education class, we've actually been discussing things very, very similar over the past week. Education is the key to getting people in poor conditions into better ones and allowing them to make progress for themselves, fend for themselves, etcetera. So long as it is done properly and the education is not undermined, it can allow a population to truly grow and flourish. It deserves attention, focus, and care.

I strongly agree with Emmanuel Jal, I believe education is the key to help people in poverty. Giving food or goods to places like Sudan is a temporary solution to a permanent problem, as he said people need tools to create themselves the life and the revolution Sudan needs, and i firmly believe that education is the main tool to help people build a future for themselves.

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