Five-year-old Milisa – A genius in the making and inspiration behind this article xx

20 July 2021 | 15H03

The quote by the late Tata Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” is not foreign to our auditory apparatuses. Its massive dissemination to citizens could make it easy for individuals to lack its resonance. Through education, people can tap into new opportunities and one begins to view the world from a different lens. A lens that interrogates accepting what you receive and exercising your intellectual power in negotiating your terms, challenging state procedures as a citizen, uplifting your community, and the list is endless. As we aim for free education in South African, we learn that the divide is great between the suburbs and townships – due to education. This is why several township parents advocate for their young to study; that they can secure a good future and be a catalyst of financial transformation in a family.

The weight of education at present resonates within me since I now assist my five-year-old with his homework. He is growing well and is more alert to his environment the more he learns. In his curriculum, they are learning alphabets and he has grown to recognise his name. It is an endearing experience to watch him learn. He is now able to point out alphabets everywhere he notices them be it on tv, road signs, and print media. When we lack to educate ourselves, we walk into a state of being inferior and ignorant. Every day poses a new learning opportunity as each day contains new information – more so with the rapid growth of literature and current affairs. If the iconic Einstein, still considered himself a science student in his primal years, who are we to think we are over absorbed sponges that cannot engross more knowledge?

Watching my son learn more each day exposes the urgent need to seek knowledge hence Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power.” Knowledge teaches you how to apply your mind in various situations. The mistake individuals with higher education make is that they equate knowledge to education. They place knowledge and education on the same plane and lack to apply their minds outside of the peripherals of their qualification. Education is a system of learning and knowledge according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association.” The interchangeable use of Knowledge and Education is common yet the words convey different meanings. I say let us use both knowledge and education to immerse ourselves in the information made available daily. There is a lot we need to learn and the more we learn, the more we place ourselves and the nation in lucrative gain. Dare I add again the words of Tony Robbins that, “knowledge isn’t power, it’s potential power. Execution trumps knowledge any day of the week.” Several theorists have upgraded key phrases and my intention isn’t to bombard you with needless definitions. I’ve done so, to exert my creative license in expanding your indulgence but this is a simple read with a clear message: learning stimulates growth.


                                                      Lots of Love, Phindy xxx