The Purpose of Education

Formal education is divided into phases starting from primary school, continuing through higher education followed by education in a specific field (specialization). But education never really ends. You learn something from every incident you are exposed to, every experience you have and every person you meet. The process of education is believed to begin in the mother’s womb and it continues throughout one’s life.
We seldom think of what the real purpose of education is. We hardly think of the reason why education is so important. It is while we grow up that we begin to realize the role of education and understand how it applies to daily life. We begin to realize the importance of education only after it begins finding applications in our professional and personal life. If education is the process of gathering knowledge, it can never really end as knowledge is infinite and one can never claim to have acquired all of it.
Goal of Education
# To make you literate
# To help you make a living
# To make you self-aware
# To give you knowledge of the world
# To create good educators
The fundamental purpose of education is to teach a person to read and write, that is to make him literate. Reading abilities that are acquired in school, go a long way in enabling an individual to learn more. The fundamentals of science and math which one acquires in school, are pillars on which his understanding of life is based. How did you know the Earth is round? Who told you why the sky looks blue? How did you know 2 + 2 is 4? How did you know you have 10 fingers, two eyes and a nose? It’s through education that you learned about yourself and the world around you. That’s the basic purpose of education – to make an individual aware.

Education is believed to be responsible for the cultivation of a civilized society. Imparting education to people enables the development of a responsible society. Education helps in imbibing moral values in individuals and their education in turn, helps in the creation of a cultured society. Education gives one a deep understanding of life, making him capable of living.
Education brings about an overall progress of society. It gives an individual, better prospects of earning a living. It makes him self-sufficient. It produces individuals who are not just resources but assets for the society. It develops people who can contribute to the wealth creation of a country. While people are earning for themselves, they are also creating wealth for the organization they work with. With every flourishing organization, the government earns (in the form of taxes paid or direct profit-making in case of government organizations). Every organization thus shares the nation’s responsibility of achieving monetary gains. The educated lot in a country helps it earn money, the means of living.