As I’m sure most of you know, In the United States the end of August and the beginning of September signals the start of a new school year for many. The start of a fresh school year is an exciting time, filled with possibilities of new friends, exciting new subjects, and new leadership opportunities for current students, and a reminder to the rest of us to be thankful for the education we received, and continue to receive throughout life.
Although in Ecuador we have been in school throughout the summer months, we thought now was as good a chance as any to talk about the importance of education and look at the ways in which it broadens experiences.
Martin Luther King said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
At Starfish, we agree with both. That’s why our mission is to e a premier means for at-risk Ecuadorian youth to achieve a post-secondary education. We believe that empowered youth will create a better future for themselves through continuing education.
We caught up with a few of our students, volunteers, and friends of Starfish to share their thoughts on education as well.
“When I was a little girl, education was never very important. But today I have realized that it is essential. Education allows you to reach your goals, a goal goes beyond your purposes, to what you want to be.” – Joselyn
“Education is important because it allows you to gain knowledge, reach goals and create meaningful memories. Each person’s educational experience is unique and personal to them. Your education lasts a lifetime and is something that no one can ever take away from you.” – Christie
“It is amazing to see how much students can change when given a meaningful education. They become more confident, curious, and empathetic… As a teacher, it’s about helping students learn lifelong skills, find their passions, and become the adults we need for the future success of our society.” – Anonymous
Do you agree that education is the basis of creating a better future? Are you thankful for the educational opportunities provided to you? Do you want to help underprivileged youth in Latin America achieve their dreams? If you agree with us that education is fundamentally important to not only us as individuals, but to society as a whole, you can sponsor a Starfish Scholar or support our mission and help a student gain access to education.
Thank you for your continued support of Starfish… Now go out and learn something new!