When I started thinking about why education is so important, I remembered my school years, the grounding years of anyone’s education. I went down memory lane, I remembered my teachers, my school subjects, the study and the fun! I never really hated school. But I have seen many who hate going to school; I have had some friends who did not like the idea of studying in classrooms. Many of you must have unwillingly entered your school gates. But you know, this dislike never lasts long. We soon start loving school and it is when it’s time to leave school that we are in tears… Our school which lays the foundation of our education, is the institution where we understand why education is so important and how important it is! It is our school, where we learn to read and write and we become literate. It is where young talent is recognized, nurtured and encouraged. On leaving school, we are all set to soar high in life and enter the real world in pursuit of our dreams.

Why is Education Important?
The first thing that strikes me about education is knowledge gain. Education gives us knowledge of the world around us. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. People debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say, education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. They are right. But then, information cannot be converted into knowledge without the catalyst called education. Education makes us capable of interpreting things rightly. It is not just about lessons in textbooks. It is about the lessons of life.

The words ‘cultivate’ and ‘civilize’ are synonymous with ‘educate’. That says it all! Education is important as it teaches us the right behavior and good manners thus making us civilized. It teaches us how to lead life. It is the basis of culture and civilization. It is instrumental in the development of our values and virtues. Education cultivates us into mature individuals, individuals capable of planning for our future and taking the right decisions in life. It gives us an insight into our lives and teaches us to learn from experience. The future of a nation is safe in the hands of educated individuals. Education is important for the economic growth of a nation. It fosters principles of equality and socialism. It forms a support system for individuals to excel in life. It is the backbone of society.

Education is important because it equips us with all that is needed to make our dreams come true. It opens doors to brilliant career opportunities. It fetches better prospects in career and growth. Every employer today requires his prospective employees to be well-educated. He requires expertise. So, education becomes an eligibility criterion for employment in any sector of the industry. We are rewarded for exercising the expertise required for the field we venture. We are weighed in the market on the basis of our educational skills and how well we can apply them.

Education is essential as it paves the path leading to disillusionment. It wipes out all the wrong beliefs in our minds. It helps create a clear picture of everything around us and we no longer remain in confusion about the things we learn. Education brings up questions and also helps us devise ways to find satisfactory answers to them. Education is about knowing that everything has a science to it, it is about learning to reason everything till every question meets its answer. It can lead us to enlightenment. It is education that builds in every individual, the confidence to take decisions, to face life and to accept successes and failures. It instills a sense of pride about the knowledge one has and prepares him/her to live!

Though not enlisted as one of the three basic human needs, education is equally important. For the progress of a nation, for the enrichment of society in general, education is necessary and important. A country’s literate population is its asset. The number of institutes offering vocational courses and colleges offering online education is increasing by the day. Vocational courses help earn specialized education. Online degree programs help the working class and adults in general, to pursue education even while working. Distance education has proven to be of help for those who are unable to attend classes. In today’s competitive world, it won’t be wise to neglect the importance of education. And most countries have realized this. This has led to many government-aided educational programs and government grants to schools and colleges. The motive behind this is fostering education in society.

Well, schools, colleges and other such educational institutes define the basic framework of education. Schooling gives us the fundamentals while we specialize in fields of our interest during degree courses. But education does not end here. It is a lifelong process. Self-learning begins at a point where institutional education ends. The process of self-learning continues.