Education is a Gift — Not an Obligation

There were kids all over the world who watched their friends and neighbors walk to school today while they had to stay behind to help their family farm their land. There were kids who would have loved to go to school, but their families couldn’t afford the fees and tuition. There are kids who are walking great distances to a school without adequate supplies and bathrooms because a mediocre education and the mere chance to learn are far better than nothing. There were kids who were left to another day of hopelessness because they don’t have access to the transformative power of education.

Education, the Liberator

In the communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works, education is one of the biggest resources to ending extreme poverty. When children, families and communities prioritize education, they’re able to open new doors and have access to new opportunities. Many are trained in livelihoods that provide a skill and income immediately following their formal education. Many use their education to go on to universities, becoming leaders and professionals. Many are simultaneously trained in social skills that help them to better express themselves and solve problems. Many are involved in a holistic education approach incorporating a biblical worldview, which impacts their entire family. Many are offered access to the arts and sports education enriching their lives further.

I’ve been thinking and reflecting lately on the things that we take for granted and asking God to continue to reveal these things to me. He’s showing me that the things we often see as burdensome are actually liberating. The things we often ignore or pass over are deeply regarded gifts from above.

I’m also asking myself how can we encourage our kids to see their education as a gift; show them that this knowledge is the answer to freedom that so many are desperately seeking after? How can we encourage them to seek after the freedom of others as tenaciously as they seek after their own?

I’m choosing to open my eyes, offer relentless prayers of thanksgiving and ask how to I can be involved in the educating and liberation of all God’s people.

This article originally was published on the Food for the Hungry blog and was written by Sara Chambers.

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