In have insufficient literary skills. It is
In the modern secularized society, education is often overlooked, with social media and other forms of mediums creating such misconceptions regarding this aspect of life. One misconception popular in our society, is the belief that poverty is the root cause for this absence of educated peoples. Rather, poverty is the lack of education; both are the coexisting roots for the other, creating a cycle that eventually leads to identical outcomes. Living in a well-developed nation, it is easy to forget that education is a basic foundation to our society. Today, some of the individualistic principles in society allow us to take education for granted and a general portion of children possess a disliking for school. That is, to say, the perspective of a child living in a developed nation. In reality, almost “59 million children of primary school age are being denied an education, and almost 65 million adolescents are without access to a secondary school.”(Watson 1) Millions of children all across the world dream to be educated and a substantial amount of adults in developing nations have insufficient literary skills. It is not just the fact that education is such a basic human right that stems the importance of this issue, but also the fact that there are such drastic notions that depict education between developed and developing nations, as well as the lack of awareness prevailing in our developed, secularized society. Specifically in correlation to this issue, the investigated article illustrates that middle eastern nations which are plagued with conflict, deny more than 13 million children the access to education. These include the following countries Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Somalia, the Palestinian territories, Sudan and Yemen in which the ‘next generation’ living in these regions are particularly impacted. Terrorism and violent acts have closed down thousands of schools in these countries, and other educational institutions that still offer this human right are no longer becoming safe sites for children. Particularly, I decided upon the social justice issue of this ‘lack of education’ because progress and development for developing nations are continually limited from this endless cycle. Children with a lack of education will enter the same situations as their parents, and future generations will continue to live in the same poverty-struck society. I believe that even with all the support and funding from non-profit organizations and other countries, this large scaled poverty and education loop cannot be broken. Personally, I think that relying on these organizations and endorsements to these countries will not succeed; I believe that a worldwide awareness and participation of individuals is necessary to break the chains of poverty and this lack of education. This however is restricted because of the ever secularizing, worldwide society and the individualistic mindset of individuals living in developed nations. Meanwhile, a solution to this social justice issue, is not yet completely attainable because a transformation to our very own society must first take place. This social justice issue is a violation to a number of the Catholic Social Teachings. In regards to the “Principle of Human Dignity’, all human life is sacred and there are moral principles to which our society must abide by. Breaches to this teaching occur when human life is directly threatened through abortion or even euthanasia. In the same way, when a child is denied a basic human right like education, we are disrespecting the fact that each and every human being must uphold a common dignity; all humans deserve the right to education despite all conflicts, poverty or any other social manners. Since we are all created in the image and likeness of God, therefore we all have an equal inherent worth, uniqueness, and opportunity. Even those with disabilities who are generally denied education, are entitled to the same catholic morality that Jesus teaches us which is our duty to maintain and respect. Furthermore, the ‘Principle of the Common Good’ is also directly related to a denial of education. This Catholic Social Teaching describes the ability for each individual of society to participate, contribute and benefit society. A key factor to this Catholic principle is that each human being is guaranteed rights and duties as part of the world-wide society. Hence, a ‘Common Good’ is the direct middle point between Collectivism and Individualism where humans recognize the individual sacredness of a person and the social well-being of the collective group. When humans, especially children are denied education, we disregard one of the basic human rights that all humans have an equal access to. This means that we are neglecting a human’s life sacredness, but also preventing an individuals participation thus, isolating a human’s inherent social attributes from the greater good of society. To develop a better understanding of the entirety of the ‘Lack and Denial of Education’, the steps to the Catholic Social action are applied. Looking at the societal structure for this social issue, a lack of education is caused from a large sustaining poverty. Children who go to education institutions, face such disadvantages from their underprivileged backgrounds and are usually forced to discard their education to support their families. As a result, the dropout rates in developing nations are excessively high. This also ties into the economical factors where developing countries are in a large deficit financially. These countries are unable to provide sufficient financial resources to fund education(creating schools, supplies, hiring and training teachers). As such, the quality of education systems are continuing to decrease while the failure of these systems are still high. Additionally, marginalisation is another aspect to the education issue because children are faced with inequalities because of gender, ethnic origin, sexuality, etc. preventing their right to a proper education. For example, the education of young girls in Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a crisis because of the immense negative bias and prejudice towards girls as compared to males. In light of Jesus and his gospel teachings, Jesus teaches that we should live out our lives by constantly abiding to the principle of self-giving. It is this self-giving Agape love that Jesus has for us, that it is our duty to carry this same love to the poor and oppressed. As Christian followers, our social priorities lies with helping those who are in need, putting ourselves totally for others without the addition of Reciprocity. Described in the 5 Christian Values, other people are as important- perhaps even more important than myself; this describes that our relationship to God and Jesus, is also a commitment to others. The namely ‘Golden Rule’ which is derived from Jesus’s life focused on service and eternal grace, is the foundation for which we should approach the social issues and inequality causing the lack of education. Nonetheless, before God all, are equal. In the basis of the goodness within all of God’s creation, all people are created equally in the likeness of God. Regardless of all forms of social status, crime, age, gender, we must follow in the same footsteps, loving even the unlikeliest of people but also working towards the common good. To achieve this requires a world-wide cooperation to erase away our Collective, Individualistic, and Secular ideologies. Not only towards the lack of education, but also to the unified issues of Social Justice-the solutions to these issues lies within our ability to change ourselves, our culture, and our society.