Monday, February 23, 2015

A Bridge built on Hope

"The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status, the spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the south side of Chicago dreaming of a better life, to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy, this bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings." (John Legend and Common's Acceptance Speech, Oscar 2015)

We have been talking about how the concept of education has evolved into one that is more flexible and adaptable to the needs of the 21st century. We have been voicing the urge for an education reform that takes into account the individual versus the whole, because “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel” (Socrates). But we should not forget that if education is crucial for human progress, then human and civil rights, equal opportunities and social justice are prerequisites to any aspiration for a good quality education, one that creates good citizens of this world or just good human beings. There will be simply no human progress if we as a whole don’t embrace human race as one, diversity as cultural enrichment and if we don’t fully support a true culture of peace and harmony in this world, in our community and within ourselves.

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