Education as a means of social change


Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. Over the centuries, leaders, thinkers and revolutionaries around the world have believed in the power of education to catalyze social change.

Social change is triggered when the complex web of human relationships and interactions undergoes a mental transformation. It is when we as a society disregard views supported by ignorance to accept new ways of life, and education plays a vital role in ushering in this change. Acceptance is the key to social change, and acceptance comes through knowledge. And educational reforms modernize the human perspective, broadening our minds enough to allow us to envision a better future. more just

Bringing the Ivy Leagues to High Schools

In their effort to shift the education paradigm towards a more inclusive system that can bring about social change, EdTech players are building an international ecosystem of students, mentors and leaders. What started as an idea to democratize Ivy League education has now evolved into empowering high school students with instruments of change.

Specially curated programs focus on transformation within communities, societies and even schools. These programs, workshops, and webinars, etc., have an informal setting but with a global reach that allows students from diverse backgrounds and cultures to share their lifestyles and network. Together, students and mentors find methods to tackle local issues highlighted during the course, while proposing lasting solutions to facilitate positive change.

Collaborate with student-run organizations and other organizations such as Harvard Student Agencies, Harvard Graduate Women In Science and Education (HGWISE), CSDGC at Stanford University, MIT Solv[ED], Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), etc., EdTech startups are globalizing out-of-class education and helping to broaden social horizons. In addition, they allow students to access resources around the world, to better think and innovate to guide communities towards a more just and equitable society.

More initiatives like these can only benefit humanity as a whole.

Impact of Global Mentors

Mentors also have a duty to connect top institutions (like the Ivy Leagues) to high schools. The term mentor is said to have its origins in the Odyssey, where “Mentor” was a character who acted as a teacher to Homer’s son. Today, mentors are of equal value, sharing global perspectives with their students and acting as stimuli for social change. From civil reforms to women’s rights to LGBTQ rights, mentors have played a crucial role in illuminating the masses on the need for these reforms, and we can watch the changes that have taken place in their wake.

The advent of the Internet has allowed citizens of the world to connect across borders and access information at their fingertips. Global Mentors have taken this opportunity to share their knowledge between countries and help bridge cultural and social gaps, while providing quality international education to students. And when it comes to teaching, these mentors take a more holistic approach, and are therefore able to provide a broader view of the issues facing society today.

Hubs have been created to connect global mentors to high school students around the world. This network helps students understand the social impact and how societies adapt to a changing world. With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in mind, these mentors train students to identify issues in their localities, inspiring young women and men to address them and effect positive change. , thus triggering social transformation at the local level.

Young people drive social change through international education

Such programs succeed once mentors give way to students and become the change societies need.

A backward society lacks adequate educational systems, which pushes it further into the grip of backward beliefs, social conflict and poverty. But life-changing quality education helps eradicate regressive practices and paves the way for progress and building societies in which all relationships are based on respect. And the Covid-19 pandemic has opened up digital avenues of learning, allowing students to continue their studies at universities outside their home countries.

International educational structures have long had the power to influence young people by exposing them to global cultures, high standards of living and, of course, advanced curricula that are relevant in an ever-changing world. In such an environment, students learn to challenge orthodox pedagogies and to detach themselves from conformist mentalities, to better discover and give meaning to a changing world. These young people, our next generation, are the agents of change who will bring change to society, change that suits our times.

Meanwhile, initiatives such as the Take the World Forward Scholarship, The Passion Project: Young Achievers Program, Compassionate Leaders Dream Lab, Policy Making and International Relations, etc., are helping to create a platform for high school students to take control of their future. . They instill skills to build the confident and motivated leaders of tomorrow, while providing students with global networking opportunities to connect, share, explore and learn.

Education in a cosmopolitan environment—influenced, for example, by the forward-looking reputation of the Ivy Leagues—can nurture holistic perspectives that shape a forward-looking society. Programs that keep this goal in mind strive to develop global citizens who follow best practices for solving problems and generating positive transformations “glocally”.

In conclusion

Education can help us embrace social change by cultivating a positive attitude and broadening our way of thinking. Furthermore, it can initiate behavioral change and bring about attitudinal change in people, enabling them to contribute constructively to the growth of a progressive and tolerant society.



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