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It is important that education also includes the development of social awareness in youths. Training should contain environmental education and instruction in social values. Youths should discuss the current social and environmental issues. They should know the different steps that they can take to help alleviate these issues. Education should also expose youths to the darker, problematic side of society, the problems that engulf it, the prejudices that shackle it, and the superstitions that blind it. Youths should be encouraged to come up with creative ideas and ways to change their environment and society for the better.
Youths should have the training and development to help them define their career objectives, decide what they want from life, and a plan with the steps to take to reach the goals. Education should aim to help youths build skill sets, and by extension, include courses and workshops to help them develop and hone these skills to become experts and fashion them into a career. Education should open doors to new opportunities in different fields. It should help youths find avenues to pursue their interests, allow them to venture into new fields, and explore new areas. Education must help youth set reachable goals and realise them.
Whilst instilling good in youth, education must also give them the reasoning and/or use of logical thinking to reject the bad. It should empower youths to make the right choices and decisions. Overpopulation, sexually transmitted diseases, unprotected sex, teenage pregnancy and abortions are some areas of growing concern in youth development. This underlines the importance of sex education to youth.
The fundamental purpose of education is to create good, knowledgeable, human beings. Education plays a vital part in the healthy development and growth of youths who are ‘the future’. Education gives them the wisdom to know right from wrong, know when mistakes are made, to try to mend them, and most importantly, to learn from them. Education gives youths the courage to rise after every fall and turn every failure into a success …but education does not end there. It is a lifelong process. Self-learning begins at the point where institutional education ends.