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According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), there are numerous human rights ranging from the right to equality to the right to life and more. In general, one can break human rights down into five main categories: Economic, Cultural, Social, Political, and Civil.
The Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights involve the right to work, the right to have food and water, the right to have housing, and importantly, the right to education.
Education is critical as it is a key part of helping society and people achieve human rights in other categories within society. Education is an important tool for breaking down social walls and barriers, and it's a key part of creating a more just society where everyone can benefit equally.
Education allows people the opportunity to exceed their current circumstances and develop beyond and rise above. Education can change the trajectory of not just one person's life but their entire family and community.
As the old saying goes: "If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”
Education is not just a right in and of itself, but it is a means to accomplishing other human rights as well, which is what makes education uniquely important. A person might have the right to food and water and the right to housing, but having an education can enable the person to work and earn a living that can then allow them to buy food and water and housing, and thereby accomplish other human rights as laid out in the UDHR.
The education of parents will influence the family structure in such a way that the children will have access to education as well, thereby creating a knock-on effect that can carry over from generation to generation. Therefore, providing education for one person can change the course of an entire family for generations to come.
Training is a form of education, but it is unique in that it fills the gap between learning theoretical and practical knowledge. Traditional education differs from training in terms of the methods that are used to achieve the acquisition of knowledge. Regular education generally refers to theoretical knowledge, whereas training bridges the gap from that into practical knowledge and how it can be applied. As such, it works on different parts of the brain.
There is much hope for the future of training and education in South Africa thanks to plenty of funding from the government and support from both the private and public sectors.