Quality educationOpen the SDG in Presentation mode
Biblical reflectionThe Bible does not use the terms “school” and “education” as we use them today. However, it frequently talks about learning, guidance and growing in wisdom; the Book of Proverbs, for instance, may serve as a textbook in the “the school of life”. It begins with the following statement: “For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight, for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; to teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young—let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill” (1:2–5). That passage provides a solid point of departure for quality education and lifelong learning! Firstly, because it brings together knowledge and wisdom. Secondly, it highlights ethical insight and responsible conduct. From this perspective, education is learning to do what is good – for the benefit of society. According to the Bible’s understanding of being human, everyone has the right to education – independent of gender, social status, economy or ethnicity. To prevent children from receiving an education implies denying them their human dignity and condemning them to a life in poverty and exclusion. We are all created in God’s image and capacitated with gifts to be unfolded. This is how active citizenship is built; this is how sustainable societies are constructed!
- Does the Bible give us any basis for saying what good education is?
- Discuss the claim that denying children access to education is the same as denying them social benefits.
How can you help raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Can you, for example, help spread information about these goals in your church, in organisations, or in your local community?
Father, you are the source of wisdom, Let us share our knowledge. Give all children the opportunity to play and learn With open eyes and an open heart, So we can find our way in this frightening yet wonderful world. We commit everything and everyone, into your hands, Lord. Amen.