Education is systemically connected with area 1 of the challenges: Poverty. Affluent societies can spend more for education. In the industrial countries change came about when after 1800 compulsory schooling was introduced. Prior to that, in all countries and cultures only 1% of the population received an education – the elite!
Education, wealth and work
Education is therefore an important source for material wealth. In our world of labor division we specialize in professional qualification. And we should keep in mind that the world is complex and that all progress needs synergistic- and interdisciplinary thinking. Starting with understanding differences, tolerance and the awareness, that it takes different people with different strengths. And that during the course of a lifetime occupations may change.
Education and health
Every country can benefit from better health-education. This will reduce the cost of the health system. It refers to greater knowledge and implementation in the human factor – the consequence of awareness.
Education also is a way to reduce the population growth rate – which in some countries destroys the growth of material- and health care. Education of women is especially important. Studies show that the degree of education strongly influences the number of children (education of the men does not matter in this issue).
Education and human weaknesses
Better education will also help with mastering our human weaknesses. It will empower people to participate in democracy – up to matters of ecology and the handling of waste and plastic.
All told: the 3 main causes of our problems in the world: human factor, jobs and education are closely related. Education (or lack of) therefore is a problem area and cause for other problem areas.
– Professional training to prepare people to better meet the challenges of continuous change in the working world, like changing occupations during life
– Offering competences to develop higher consciousness and personality to better relate to other people
– Better abilities to master one’s own human weaknesses can be learned and trained by continuous education.