You must have heard this: education is important. I’ve heard it so often, and I certainly agree with the statement; education is important. For us, education is a common thing, we go to school five days in a week, we are getting used with learning in the class and study with colorful textbooks and many more facilities. So, if you ask me to write down something about how education should be done to build better future for all, I won’t talk about our education we have in our school. We’ve got more than enough education since we were four. What I want to discuss is the education for our not-as-lucky-as-us brothers and sisters on another part in this world.
Let me tell you a story from UNICEF’s instagram account, a sad story:
“Habsatou is 13 years old and lives in Rounga Hardo Oro in Niger’s Maradi District. She went to school until she was 11 years old, when her mother decided to take her out of school. Habsatou was devastated that she couldn’t go to school anymore. While her friends went to school, she helped her mother with all kinds of chores. One day an older man, middle aged, come to visit her parents. He had a wife and children who were almost to get married themselves. He wanted to marry Habsatou and paid her father money. Habsatou knew that it wouldn’t make any difference to protest against this marriage but she was very sad. #endchildmarriage © UNICEF/UNI203409/van der Velden.”
Sad, isn't it? If you don’t feel the sadness, please think yourself as Habsatou and living a life like hers. How would you feel?
According to UNICEF, more than 400,000 children in Syria are at risk of dropping out of school as a result of conflict there, and globally, about one third of women aged 20 to 24 were forced to be married before 17 years old and can’t continue their school due to the marriage. When we all are complaining about our tasks in school, millions of children are suffering from war, disaster, children marriage, ebola, and they can’t even attend the school—a thing that has been a routine for us. Most of them are girls; it sounds like a common thing to let boys get education because they will have to get some job to feed their family, but girls won’t so education is not really important for them. Many girls are forced to marry because their families think marriage will solve all the problems—their daughters would have someone to take care of her and feed her. This has been a usual thing in conflict countries, third world countries, and sadly, even in some parts in Indonesia.
The fact is, every boys and girls have the rights to get education in school. The statement that says girls better not go to school because boys need education more than them is terribly wrong. Either the statement that says some children are supposed to stay at home or marry or work instead going to school or every condition that makes children can’t get education such as wars, diseases, or disasters are wrong. To get education is every children’s right. Unfortunately, so many people don’t understand this very simple statement.
So how education should be done to build better future for all? I won’t talk about education in SMAN 3, because we’ve got more than enough education. How education should be done to build better future for all is to create equality for everyone to get education. We don’t only need equality in skin color’s difference or in gender equality, we also need equality in education! It’s very simple: just let everyone go to school and get the education they need!
So, if someday you find yourself complaining about school, about all the tasks and the exams, I ask you to think of children in Syria, Gaza, Afghanistan, and even another part of Indonesia like Irian Jaya. They suffered a lot to get some education, how could we are even feeling lazy to go to school?