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Proud to Be a Teacher

By EMN Updated: Sep 06, 2021 11:12 pm

“The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.” Malala Yousafzai

Despite bullets and religious fanaticism, this brave young girl became world-renowned for her courage and perseverance. The voice of a woman cannot be silenced by autocrats, fundamentalists, or fanatics.

Malala was shot in the head by Taliban terrorists in 2012 while on a campaign to promote girl’s education in Pakistan. In Peshawar, emergency surgeons removed the left temporal bone of her skull in order to allow the brain to swell. The doctors saved her life as soon as they acted, but soon her organs began failing. After airlifting her to Islamabad, she was flown to the UK for further treatment. Thus they saved her life.

She was able to overcome bullet wounds, prejudices, and obstacles with the support and love of her family, teachers, and friends. Thus, the Swedish academy appreciated her work and welcomed her as an ambassador for peace. Malala Yousafzai in October 2014, along with the Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi received the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. In winning the prize at age 17, she became the youngest recipient.

There is enormous power in words. We are confronted with spoken and unspoken words every day. Unimaginable power lies in the spoken word. Influential speakers have changed the world and created history. Words that remain silent are forever engraved on books. Anyone can be affected by their words at any time and anywhere. 

The two most important things in Malala’s quote are changing lives and defining the future. There is always some energy or power required to make a change. 

In physics, energy is defined as the quantity that has to be transferred to a body or physical system in order to carry out work on it. The law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed only converted into a different form.

Throughout Indian history, knowledge has been associated with power. An individual must convert this power of education into a qualitative rather than a quantitative one. Quality of life has to be enhanced by education. It’s a powerful weapon that can change the world. Changing the world means changing the quality of life for the inhabitants of the earth. Efforts are being made to enhance the quality of life through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

To enhance the quality of each and every individual, educational qualities must be improved. This is the primary responsibility of every mentor. Education is the only way we can change the world since it is the most powerful weapon. Therefore, mentors, let us take Malala’s words to heart, to change and to define the future, let us join hands.

Rev. Fr. Dr. P. S. Varghese


MGM College, Midland

By EMN Updated: Sep 06, 2021 11:12:35 pm