Dear Fellow Europeans
I would like to say a few words about education. To start with, what is
this education we are always told to get? It is the miracle behind the
cultural evolution. Meaning that the knowledge found necessary is
transferred to the following generations who usually try to add something
of their own to it. In a way, education could be defined as preserving the
knowledge and it is the foundation of every new innovation.
Being unaware of their rights and the general situation, people are easily
fooled and unable to participate in discussing more complicated matters.
Therefore, there is always a risk that some people get their hands on more
power while the rest are paralyzed by their own ignorance. Thus, to
function properly democracy calls for education. Still, there are many
people in, and especially outside Europe who lack the possibility to
Education has also the power to unite people. You see, when surveys are
made about racism, the results show that the better-educated the people
are, the better they can put up with cultural disparities. So if
politically and socially integrated Europe is what we are after, education
plays a crucial part. In other words, if it wasn’t for education, none of
us would be participating in this European Youth Week.
So when you get back to your schools, remember to study hard!
Niklas Ottelin (07A)