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Education is the wide gate to a new world that leads you to different paths and you have to choose one from many. It is the green beautiful drive that's never ending.

“Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.” – Paulo Freire

The challenge of the next decade is that education truly becomes the gate way to opportunity instead of becoming the arbitrator of what passes for meritocracy.

Education and development are about transferring knowledge and skills by one generation to the next one via teaching, training, supervision, guidance, mentoring, coaching, and consultation. All these lead to professional and personal development.

“It is in the public spaces that the youths spend substantive portions of their everyday existence and interact with societal projects designed to shape their life stories... [These] are precisely the locations where the projects advanced by the youths meet and confront the youth projects devised for them.” – Levent Soysal

Education is not how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know, but it is being able to differentiate between what you know and do not know.

“Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man.” – Horace Mann

“The challenge of progressive educators is vigorous and varied and difficult to itemize. Unhesitatingly embraced by most liberals is, of course, a concern to bring about social justice. This is certainly to be applauded. However, too often such a struggle is antiseptically cleaved from the project of transforming capitalist social relations.” – Peter McLaren, "Educating for Social Justice and Liberation"

Education as it pertains to the world:  “he mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”  – Plutarch

Education as it pertains to my PhD program: “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” – Mark Twain

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." – Mark Twain

Social justice, human rights, well-being, equality, tolerance, human, culturally respectful, right to self-determination, prior and informed consent, resilience, critical thinking, revolutionary, liberation, reflection, action!

"Education is both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realizing other human rights." - Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

African traditional education's general objective is to provide children and youth with socio-professional values and aptitudes that would facilitate their incorporation into society.

"Education is the most powerful tool which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

Education is not to teach what men must think. On the contrary it is to teach to think.

Education is like a doughnut - it can be sweet, it can be sticky, and it can be the most important and satisfying thing you do all day.

Development may not mean improvement - only those involved can judge

Everybody should have the opportunity to be educated.

Faculty Development in this uncertain but creative world...

"Two truths approach each other. One comes from inside, the other from outside, and where they meet we have a chance to catch sight of ourselves." – Tomas Transtromer

“There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” – Maya Angelou

Life must be a continuing education

Education as a tool for development and gender parity.

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” - ?

Education is the bridge to the unknown - an opportunity to engage with the other cultures and create a relationship that expands your knowledge on any topic possible. Education is learning to understand and positively engage with others in a way that ultimately benefits you and society.

“It is rare to find an institution which is at once so uniform and so diverse; it is recognizable in all the guises which it takes, but in any one place is it identical with what it is in any other?” – Emile Durkheim, The Evolution of Educational Thought

Education is the context for learning, the process of personal transformation that leads to greater capacity and opportunity to engage with communities of practice.

The expanding of the mind to new heights

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance

Education is the only thing you can pass to the future knowing it will grow.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” – Ken Robinson

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself than what am I?
If not now, when? – Hillel

Part of the problem or part of the solution?

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

The role of education in the democratization of societies emerging from conflict seems to remain ambiguous. While much attention has been devoted by international developing agencies (IDA) to education—in the hope that education may contribute to the development of democracy particularly in conflict-ridden Muslim countries, the local voices in shaping these educational policies are often missing. This naturally raises the critical question of the gap between the expertise of IDA policy makers and educators and the need to employ local literacies or Islamic traditions to support the development and implementation of effective education.

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come here because your liberation is bound up with mine, than let us work together. –Lilla Watson

"An ignorant people is a blind instrument of its own destruction". – Simón Bolívar

"It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible." – Desmond Tutu

Education and/or development.

We must abandon the “auratic status quo of concepts such as culture and identity” and recognize the “vital porosity” that exists among all people – Dimitriadis et al.

Education is one of the great avenues through which economic development would potentially emerge in many societies in the global south.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." – Albert Einstein

Education refers to the process of learning and acquiring information.

”A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.” – Pablo Neruda

“Let not young souls be smothered out before
They do quaint deeds and fully flaunt their pride.
It is the world's one crime its babes grow dull,
Its poor are ox-like, limp and leaden-eyed.

Not that they starve, but starve so dreamlessly;
Not that they sow, but that they seldom reap;
Not that they serve, but have no gods to serve;
Not that they die, but that they die like sheep.” – Vachel Lindsay

Empower myself means I should take advantages of studying in the US and then I should transfer them to others when I return home, hopefully!

Education should mean learning to see the world and make it better, at the same time that you can critique what better is.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Chinese proverb.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

"To teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibilities for the production or construction of knowledge." - Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J. K. Rowling

Complicated! Complex! Extremely interesting! Connected to many other facets of our lives!

In Social Cognitive Theory, the learner is viewed as thoroughly integrated with the environment within which he or she is learning. The learner’s cognitive responses, behavior, and environment work together to create learning. Learners observe models and build self-efficacy, which is their belief that they can accomplish the work modeled. Based on the learners understanding of why it is important to learn something and their belief that they can accomplish the learning, learners will self-regulate their learning and become proactive in their efforts to gain mastery.

All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

Education is a powerful tool that can lead a society toward many a direction. The difficulty lies in choosing the right kind of education for the right direction.

"I'll tell you how I do it. I have passion. Passion is capable of great things." - Mahatma Ghandi

“Human rights education and training is essential for the promotion of universal respect for and observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, in accordance with the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights.” Article 1, United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (2011).

Education is a gift that opens new windows for a life in formation.

"Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right to life." – Brad Pitt

“Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases.” - Swahili Proverb

Cross-cultural education, for mutual understanding in this uncertain word.

"It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth." – Jean Piaget

Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.

“Genius without education is like silver in a mine.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Education is to enlighten oneself not only by means of formal learning but also informal learning to cope up with the changing situation.” - Yogi Mari

Any activity which could make a person healthy, happy and developed completely is Education.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

Education is full of imagination and creation

"Given appropriate stimulation and flexibility, students were able to identify problems existing in real life and look for resources from various channels to make creative and innovative solutions by their own efforts, thus bringing about positive changes in the environment around them that demonstrates leadership competencies."

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