Education – an Endless Journey – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam:
The 11th President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was not one of the greatest Presidents of India but also one of the greatest scientists that India has produced. Known as the “People’s President”, he was a very ordinary who lived by what he preached. He valued education and learning highly and was of the view that only education could uplift the downtrodden masses of India. Dr. Kalam believed that “Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect” During his tenure as president of India from 2002-2007, he not only endeared himself to the youth of India but also identified with them and their thinking. Known as the “Missile Man of India”, he ensured that India got an impressive presence in the world map of space and space technology.
His early years as a young boy growing up in the interiors of a village in Tamil Nadu, India, were filled with hardship. He had to face great odds which he had to overcome to complete his primary and secondary education. One of the greatest achievers of modern India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam owes all that he has achieved to the excellent education he received throughout his learning years. Though academically his learning years ended when he was awarded the degrees, he as a person did not stop learning throughout his life. According to Dr.Kalam:
“Education is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment”
Some of the noteworthy changes he advocated in the educational system of India have found support from a number of people and some of the educational institutions have brought about those changes in their institutions to help in the progression of the learning process. He was of the opinion that to keep up with the competition from around the world, educational institutions must include latest technology as part of their learning process and make it compulsory in the primary level itself. This would help in introducing the child to technology and as the child progresses to the middle school or high school, it would be a familiar zone for the learner. Today when most institutions give importance to the learning and knowledge of English as a language, Dr. Kalam was of the view that:
“English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese”.
According to Dr.Kalam, every child has a right to education and it is the duty of the local as well as the adminitrastion as the state and Central level to ensure that high quality education reached the grassroots level. Dr. Kalam has very clearly stated in his website (www.abdulkalam.com) that the mission of education is to help a nation progress and if India must progress, every child in India must be provided with means to access educational facilities and for this poverty must be eradicated.
As a mark of respect for Dr. Kalam for his contribution education and learning and he himself being such a patron of education, his 79th birthday is recognized as “World Students Day” and announced so by the United Nations. Though an octogenarian and well past his prime, his youthful thinking got him a nomination for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year Award in 2003 & in 2006.
Dr. Kalam believed that three factors pave the way to success for every human being and they were “perseverance, hard work and patience”. Today all his achievements can be attributed to these three factors which he followed all this life and even now.
( Educationist with more than 15 years expeience in India and Abroad. Presently He is serving the cause of education in Tanzania. You can send your responses to him at firstname.lastname@example.org)http://schools24hours.com/view-post.php?postid=10281