Sometimes it seems as though there really is no end to the problems our world faces. We’re living in tough times but there are a number of ways we can still work to make the world a better place. One of the most obvious answers is through better education, which, in many ways, can solve or abate significant global problems, such as the ones outlined below.
Problems with human health are still a significant issue faced by the world today. Education helps with this by promoting good sanitation, knowledge of disease transmission and the education of future medical professionals qualified to give help to needy areas. Fortunately, there are a lot of good organizations that go out and provide both assistance and education to people in developing countries suffering from health problems. A significant example are nurses who work to provide sufficient vaccine coverage under existing World Health Organization plans like the Global Vaccine Action Plan.
Additionally, the availability of online programs and other post-grad classes allows medical professionals to keep learning while they serve their communities and abroad.
Population Growth Problems
In many developing countries, sex education is lacking, as are women’s rights. This is a bad combination for the significant issue of overpopulation that our planet is facing. Providing education and assistance for both women and men on this topic will go a long way towards preventing unwanted pregnancies and by extension poverty. Too many children also put strains on things like resources, which further perpetuate poverty and destabilization. When women aren’t having to raise unwanted children, they can instead turn their attention to things like innovation and scientific progress.
Education is a major weapon in the arsenal of environmental groups fighting to protect the natural world from human threats. People who are educated about environmental issues know how the growing threat of climate change affects them and what they can do about it. They know that slash and burn farming methods don’t just destroy rainforests at an alarming rate, but they also know it’s a very ineffective method of farming. They know that causing the extinction of species is extremely detrimental to humankind as well, as many potential cures for diseases, for example, might be lost before they are even known.
Education is the ultimate key that will unlock the answers to many of the greatest challenges we face today. In order to do that, we as a global society must prioritize education around the world so we can all work together to solve the greatest problems facing our world today, even if it involves subjects some might not be comfortable with. By working together and placing a higher value on education, we truly have it in our power to build a better tomorrow.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.