South Africa: National Youth Development Agency Welcomes Decision to Settle NSFAS Students’ Historic Debts


The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor to allocate nearly a billion rands for scrapping historical debts for National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funded students.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has applauded Minister Pandor and says that “The decision is in line with meeting the demands of students across institutions of higher learning who have been raising this issue for many years, as historic debt served as the basis for exclusion of students from poor and working-class background”.

We commend the bold decisive action by the Ministry that will see over 52 414 NSFAS funded continuing student complete their studies within projected record time.

“We are confident that this decision will enable access and success since students will be able to continue with their studies and change their lives for the better” added Mtsweni

Issued by: National Youth Development Agency

Source South African Government

Why Education is Important?

By Azugbene Solomon

President & CEO All Africa Youths Platform

Education is not just to read and write. It is about using education for their own advantages and to utilize the knowledge for their growth.

Also one can lead their own life without depending on others. It is not about making people literate, literacy is entirely different education.

Literacy is meant for ability to read and write, whereas education is finding out the reason behind everything and using the reading writing skills to improve their lives. It helps the countries to grow economically and cherish with prosperity.

To live flawless life, education is very important for every individual. Lets discuss what is education and the importance of education.

What is Education:

Education is nothing but studying different kinds of subjects to gain knowledge and understanding and trying to apply it in daily life.

Education is not only the book knowledge also learning something practically. Education doesn’t mean to just go schools and colleges daily and attend exams, it is meant for gathering knowledge relating it to our lives.

Even a robot can read and write, but human being uses the knowledge wisely. It makes a human being, something more than actually he was provided with. Education is not only for utilizing ourselves, but also it can be used to improve other peoples’ lives.

1. Other definitions on educations:

Education is knowing about the facts of life. In every part of our life we learn in different forms.

Education is not to mug up, but just to understand how to create the world around us and how to sustain it for future generations and how to develop relations for existence.

The role of education is meant for developing something new rather than relying on the old innovations. One should be able to identify what he knows and what he doesn’t know.

Education is the only way to win the world. It is to think deeply about something till its roots and understand the intention behind it.

2. Great people define education as:

Education is the ability to think, apply it in the world and to know the value of life. It doesn’t limit with self education, but also to spread it to every human around us. There is no end for education in each and every stage of human life we learn something.

It is not about learning life, but education itself is a life. It is the key to finding great characters hidden in every individual.

It will help us to know what harm we are doing to the world and guide us to protect the world from all dangers which are caused by human beings. This is the wealth which can be transformed from ages to ages.

Importance of Education in our Lives:

To gain respect from the society one should be educated. To lead a happy and prosperous life one need to study and can obtain a great job to be successful in life.

It helps in earning money and fulfilling the basic needs of life. Also education will help to gain reputation by being in a great position. One can grow in their career and fulfill their dreams.

Education is irrespective of cast, creed and gender, by gaining knowledge people can stand out as equal with all the other persons from different caste and creed. It is a platform to prove the equity by defeating all barriers.

1. Other advantages:

The importance of education for every person is to live independently and to gain freedom. In any way education will protect a person both financially and also to live their life on their foot.

It allows to set standards of life. It will provide wise knowledge to understand the results of wrong decisions and help to find alternative ways.

It will rule the uneducated persons and protect the world from the dangers caused by them and help them to improve the life style by implementing laws to control them in case of any misbehavior. It will help to understand each and every individual roles and responsibility to build the society.

Why Education is Important for Children?

Education is important for children because they are the future of the world and they should be updated with current affairs. They are the pillars of the nation, to develop a country and the world the future should be secure and the children are the weapons to build the nation with all their knowledge and education.

We should inculcate the past generation’s values and carry them with huge current innovations. It helps to break the social evils like racism and poverty line, so each and every child must be educated.

The children will stand out as future leaders to develop the nation from all the issues, the hurdles stopping to grow.

1. Education at childhood:

Education is necessary at childhood stage, this is the period where it provides them a chance to develop mentally, physically and develop social awareness in them.

It gives them experience to start facing the world. It is a stage to explore themselves. The importance of education for children are many. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide them the right education at the right level of age.

Also, they have to find out children’s interests and accordingly have to provide education. This is a crucial stage, which will impact them very effectively either in a positive way or in a negative way, it is dangerous if they went in a wrong path. So it is the responsibility of parents and children to take care of them.

2. Play an important role:

The role of education in our life doesn’t only mean to give bookish knowledge to students, but also to provide different kinds of knowledge in different kinds of skills like painting, drawing, singing morals.

The mental status of children before joining the school will be different, once they step in they will try to grab more knowledge of lifestyle, it is the stage to motivate themselves into a new human being, they will start identifying what is good and what is bad for them.

They will start analyzing, questioning and reasoning for every task. They will understand to learn something from mistakes. They will start fixing themselves in the competitive world.

3. Children start building goals:

If a child is joined in a school, he will start learning, playing and enjoy with friends. While learning he will understand what position he is in acquiring knowledge and he will learn slowly to grab the top position.

While playing he will understand what is the logic to win it, this way they start building goals at an early stage. But parents should understand whether their children are working only for ranks and grades or acquiring some wisdom or not.

It is important that they are aware of the purpose of education and how it works in real life. They start maintaining a structured life.

Why Education is Important to Life:

Education imparts benefits like:

1. Ability to read & write:

Education helps a person to be able to read and write. Most of the information is communicated by writing. Hence, it is the key to many daily activities. A man who has this ability to read is literate.


He can read books, newspapers and signs and symbols. He can understand others views and experiences to add to his knowledge.

It also helps read signboards in the street, at shops, bus, train and air stations. It also helps in day to day activities like banking, shopping and money transaction. Without primary education, one has to rely on others for all the above basic needs.

2. Opportunity to make a decent livelihood:

Education provides a platform for a decent livelihood. One can take up a job in industry or another professional service if he is educated.

Education vs income statistics

Many people of middle and lower income groups have a better lifestyle through proper education. They can meet the technical skills required to land a high pay job.

Some of the professional education courses include healthcare, engineering, law etc.

Hence, education can guarantee a better lifestyle.

3. Helps to communicate better:

A good education helps one communicate better. Communication includes speech, signs, gestures and even body language. A person with better education has refined speech and other ways of communication. Even his body language sounds confident and optimistic due to education.

Without basic education, it would be difficult to write an email, letter or even use a smartphone.

Even if a person travels to a foreign country, he can live there by learning that countries language. He can do it with ease as there are books available to learn that language.

Also, it helps us to communicate better. By speaking in a proper language like the use of correct grammar, pronunciation, etc.

4. Express views and opinions:

Education helps a person to express his opinions in a better manner. He can communicate with the large audience by writing in newspapers, letters and video recordings.

Many poets, authors are renowned and famous worldwide due to their ability to influence people. This ability though is an inherent talent and education enhances their skill.

One can even communicate professional and personal issues in written form. They can do by email, letters, books, etc. Many people write novels, poems, stories due to their education.

5. Ability to serve the society:

Education also helped in the rise in the number of medical experts, engineers, teachers, etc. To provide services to such a vast population of the world we need many medical and other experts. Through education, we can generate the skilled personnel. This has lead to better health and also an improvement in lifestyle.

6. Use of technology:

The food production, medicine, electronic gadgets, automobiles and other luxury items were developed due to the spread of science and technology among the professionals through studies.

So, without basic education, it would be difficult for one to use gadgets of modern technology.

Even use of social networking sites requires minimal basic education. So education helps us use technology in the better way.

7. Support to the economy:

The means of economy and money making have changed with education. It is the primary cause of rising in the employment opportunities all over the world. Without education, a person can only perform lay jobs using his hands and legs. But due to education, he can work using his brain.

The advent of the internet, software and other technology could perform well due to education. This makes us generate colossal income and employment opportunities.

Maybe if people are not educated, these technologies would be of no use to anyone. So such vast income generation is possible due to educated humans.

8. Safe and secure transactions:

Nowadays all the money related transactions happen through bank cheques, credit cards, etc. Without education, it would be difficult to understand the terms and processes and depend on others. This can give a chance for misuse to others. Having education would help one rely on to himself and make safer transactions.

9.Mind maturity:

The mind gets matured by proper education and training. A person can judge what is right and what is not. Education makes a person independent and helps him abide by the rules of the land.

He can earn his bread anywhere in the world without being dependent on family or his native state.

It also helps us to improve our discipline, self-control and even a sense of responsibility. Proper education of masses can cut the crime rate and other sorts of social violence.

Why Education is Important to Society:

For a modern society, education is very important. The old values of education and ethics have been sweeping slowly so it is the right time to get educated with inculcating the history to the students.

There is nowhere one can teach culture, education in the right process to transform the culture to modern society. It is the perfect stage to mold a person into a complete leader with all the human emotions, values and heritage.

These days students are influenced by some of the bad events that are happening around the world, so it is necessary to develop them in a perfect path.

1. Propagation of knowledge:

Transfer of knowledge from one generation to other or from country to other is possible through education.

For example, Newton’s laws which first came to the scientific world in 1700. These are still taught in schools and colleges through books and teachers. These essential laws can be spread to masses to a complete extent with education.

Similarly, the history of countries and the world can be explained to the current society. This helps them learn from the previous mistakes and experiences.

Thus education is a crucial method to pass knowledge of the past to the people of the present.

2.Improvement of technology:

Advances in medicine, war equipment, technology were possible due to constant exploration and research. People of current age carry this exploration. They could do so due to their education and knowledge about the past technology. Since they knew how the previous methods work, they could explore more. People with higher education in science, mathematics, and technology can do this.

Even findings and discoveries are published in magazines and journals to reach the masses. This spread is possible because masses are educated. Without education, they could not read or understand the technological improvements. Once followed, they can try for more betterment.

3. Better Social harmony:

Education is a way by which people of different cultures, religions; sects come together during schooling, college, etc. Thus it helps them understand each other better and stay in mutual harmony. Therefore education can improve social harmony.

Why Education is Important for a Country:

1. People will become better citizens with education

2. You will see the importance if voting only through education.

3. It will help you to get a job.

4. Education will support mother who are single or alone.

Why Education is Important Quotes:

1. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

2. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X

3. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

4. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey

5. Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. Anthony J. D’Angelo

6. The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle

7. Change is the end result of all true learning. Leo Buscaglia

8. Education is the movement from darkness to light. Allan Bloom

9. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein

10. The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. William S. Burroughs

11. Education is the foundation upon which we build our future. Christine Gregoire.

Reasons Why Education is Important:

It gives an opportunity to learn different languages other than the mother tongue and the ability to survive anywhere in the entire world.

It makes us to develop as good citizens of the society. It helps to protect ourselves from the other harmful events and helps you keep educating of current dangers, diseases and how to face or prevent them.

Also, it will make us know what may cause danger to others and make us aware of not causing trouble to others. We are provided with a beautiful resources naturally so education will help how to reserve them, how to sustain them and gives ideas for creating alternatives.

1. Comfortable and stable life:

It is expected by most of everyone that they need to live a life of comfort and luxury, but to make that happen either the person need to be stable or educated.

To earn a better life and live a comfortable life, a person needs to understand the value of education. Most of the people think education is a waste of time, as they are just a material fact with no relative connection practically.

But if a person has even a small portion of knowledge, then it is possible that they can handle such situation better than uneducated people.

2. Improvement in standard of living:

Most of people think education can lead a person to a position where he / she can fulfill all of their dreams and expectations. But most of them doesn’t believe in such thinking that education creates such difference in one’s life.

And it is true that just education can’t get one a successful position unless he / she work really hard to get that position. If a person starts dedicating himself / herself for a quality of education then it is possible that the result of such dedication will be fruitful.

3. Provides safety and security:

If a person needs a life with safety and security, then he / she need to understand the value of education in our daily life.

To lead a life of safety and security the person need to take active participation in educational activities. These educational activities will provide them the knowledge which can help them live a better life. These kind of drastic change can be initiated with the help of education in one’s life.

4. Equality:

This is the only way where a person of any caste and region will maintain a respectable position with the help of an education. There are different kinds of personalities who have different opinions but still acquire the success holding their respect.

All these can take place with the help of an education. It maintains an equality between people even if they are holders of different sets of opinions.

5. Provides confidence:

An education is only a matter of thinking which can provide change in one’s level of confidence. Sometimes it happens that people experience embarrassment because of lack of education.

And to overcome such embarrassment people need to come forward and accept the benefits of education which can change their life with full of confidence. Eventually, it changes the opinions among people’s work and their stability.

6. Prevents unlikely events:

Sometimes when we are unaware of things it can create a certain level of change in our life.

Therefore, it would be advisable that a person need to educate himself / herself about the things which they are unaware of. And eventually, education can make us self reliant and confident enough to face such unlikely situations.

Living in a society, one should have knowledge of their rights, laws and regulations. This knowledge will help to build boundaries around us to follow the rules so that we have a peaceful life. Education will help to interact with different kinds of persons and exchange knowledge and ideas and live in harmony. To be a active participant in society and to gain respect from the world one should always learn new things.

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