Want to change the world? Here’s how

Have you ever had dreams of doing something that could change the world? We all see issues like HIV, poverty and violence continuing to affect the lives of many people around us. Maybe you wish you could discover the cure for HIV, or end poverty, or stop violence before it happens. That would change the world, right?

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. This means that if we want to change the world, education can give us the biggest head start. We can dream of changing things all we want (and passion is important! Don’t let it go!) … but there are certain things you just can’t do without some form of knowledge or skill. And the only way to get knowledge and skills is through learning.

Sometimes you might feel like school is boring or that you’re wasting your time. Maybe you’re even thinking of quitting school. That’s not a good idea! The less you have learned, the fewer options you have. If you leave school early or decide to call it quits after matric, even if you have the marks to go further, you’re counting yourself out of a whole lot of jobs, careers and fields of work. But when you continue learning, you get more and more chances to change the world. School, college and university are not the only places you can learn – but if you’re not learning there, it’s important to find a way to get real-world skills and knowledge from somewhere else.

Being knowledgeable and skilful is like having a set of keys: the more you know, the more doors of opportunity you’re able to open. Remember, success is not just about luck. “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet” - Bobby Unser

Studying can get hectic, whether you’re at school or in tertiary education. For some useful strategies to help you manage your time better, click here.

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